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…

Transforming San Francisco Stormwater Resiliency One Parcel at a Time

When heavy rains hit San Francisco, how does the City alleviate the burden on the combined sewer system and protect the health and safety of the public and environment? Through landscapes and systems that soak up the rainwater, protect the surrounding waterways and beautify the environment. Green infrastructure is a set of highly engineered systems…

Work Set to Proceed on Mountain Tunnel Improvements Project

The SFPUC is set to begin construction work on the Mountain Tunnel Improvements Project, a multi-year effort to upgrade and rehabilitate a critical component of the SFPUC Regional Water System that serves 2.7 million customers in the Bay Area. “The water we provide our customers passes through miles of pipelines and tunnels before it reaches taps in…

Katie Miller Becomes New Director of Water Capital Programs

Katie Miller has become the SFPUC’s new Director of Water Capital Programs in Infrastructure. She had served as  Acting Director since January 2020 after Dan Wade vacated the position at the end of 2019.  If her name is familiar to you, that is because Katie Miller has now worked for the SFPUC in various capacities for 24…

Stormwater Schoolyards: Joining the Fight to Protect Our Sewer Infrastructure

San Francisco’s combined sewer system treats both the wastewater from our homes and offices, and the stormwater that falls from the sky (approximately 10 billion gallons a year) and lands on our paved surfaces when it rains. By leveraging a public-private partnership approach, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is well on its way…