The Role of the SFPUC in Fire Emergencies

Fire emergencies, while not an everyday occurrence, do happen throughout San Francisco. Fires are routinely handled by “first responders” — firefighters, paramedics, and police — and go largely unnoticed. In certain fire related events, SFPUC staff may be called on to assist firefighters with providing water to extinguish fires. The SFPUC: A Partner and First…

How the SFPUC Practiced Emergency Communications While Benefiting Habitat for Humanity

“Ham radios can save lives!” said Nohemy Revilla, SFPUC Wastewater Engineer. “Ham radio is a system that uses radio waves to communicate wirelessly. In the event of a disaster, ham radio operators provide valuable assistance to first-responders, by augmenting other communication technology which may be inoperative.” The SFPUC employs many licensed amateur (ham) radio operators. In…

Summer Inspections Help Prep for Rainy Season

Under San Francisco’s 49 square-miles, there is a city built under the City – San Francisco’s sewer system. Under the buildings, streets and parks where San Franciscans work, live and play, the sewer system infrastructure works 24/7 to protect public health and the environment. Protecting the health of San Francisco’s beaches and water quality is…

Why Painting Over a Fire Hydrant Isn’t a Work of Art

One may have seen it before in different parts of the City. And some people may think it is a cute or unique to do. But whatever the intention, painting over a fire hydrant is considered vandalism by the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) and the SFPUC. Painting over a fire hydrant with completely different…

The Moment 15 Seconds Made Its Mark in the Bay Area

On October 17, 1989 at 5:04 PM, the streets of San Francisco were rattled by the 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake. While the quake shook for 15 seconds, confusion and fear swept through the Bay Area. Game 3 of the World Series between the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants came to a standstill at…