How the SFPUC Prepares for Wildfire Season

Wildfire season is upon us and 2021 is shaping up to be the worst year yet. Over two million acres have burned in over 7,000 fires—and it’s only September. Climate change is considered a key driver of this trend. Warmer spring and summer temperatures, reduced snowpack, and drier conditions all play a role. According to…

Why the SFPUC Takes Advantage of Dry Weather to Prepare for the Rainy Season

“We bring our trucks out that have cranes on the back end. We carefully lift the wastewater pumps from 30 feet down. It takes precision, practice and most of all, teamwork to do it.” Julio “Jules” Fontes is a Senior Stationary Engineer for the SFPUC’s Wastewater Enterprise at the Southeast Treatment Plant. Every year during…

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…