How to Prepare for Wildfire Season and Public Safety Power Shutoffs

With warmer weather in the summer and fall comes the increased risk of wildfires. To reduce the risk of wildfires, planned power outages called Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events may occur to keep the public safe. PG&E will issue a PSPS in response to extreme weather, such as intense heat and strong winds. During…

Why You May See Smoke at the SFPUC’s Peninsula Watershed

Firefighters and watershed keepers are passionate about preventing the SFPUC’s lands from being devastated by a catastrophe like a wildfire. Year after year they work together to stage controlled burns to keep the face of earthen dams from accumulating dried vegetation that could contribute fuel to turn a small burn into a devastating fire. Just…

How the SFPUC is Preparing for the Next Big Quake

Being ready for the next big earthquake is something all San Francisco residents, businesses and government agencies have to plan for, which is one reason why the SFPUC launched the Sewer System Improvement Program. “Investing in the entire system, top to bottom, in order to withstand the inevitable earthquake is one of the most important…

One Year of COVID: SFPUC Continues Essential Duties Everyday

Today marks the one year anniversary since San Francisco enacted its stay at home order in response to COVID-19. Though the general public stayed home, many essential workers continued to report in for work, including hundreds of SFPUC employees to keep water, power and sewer services running 24/7. Since Mayor Breed called a state of…

Why Alina Chetcuti Used Her Design Skills to Save Lives

Alina Chetcuti creates and designs for a living, but never would she have thought to use her graphic design skills to help save lives. Chetcuti is a graphic artist in the SFPUC’s Communications Department. When she took a job with the SFPUC, she knew the utilities sector was historically a male-dominated industry. To her, it…