How Wastewater Enterprise’s Douglas Lipps is Embracing Change

While the entire country battles with COVID-19, Douglas Lipps a mechanical engineer says he has learned in his nearly 42-year career in wastewater that, with change comes new opportunity.  “Developments in technology is allowing us to continue operating even with the coronavirus,” explained Lipps. “The computer technology allows humans to do their jobs under ever-changing conditions.”  Lipps explains that in the last couple of years, the wastewater industry has been changing at a rapid speed with…

The SFPUC’s Stormwater Management Ordinance Turns 10 Years Old

This May, the SFPUC’s Stormwater Management Ordinance (SMO) celebrated its ten-year anniversary. This is exciting to celebrate, though one might wonder why. Every year, billions of gallons of rainwater flows into the City’s combined sewer system where stormwater is combined with wastewater from our toilets, bathtub drains, and sinks into one system that collects and…

Meet Local Students Who Became Drain Heroes 

A few weeks before shelter-in place was mandated in San Francisco, Kelly Newman, a science teacher for middle and high school students at St. John’s Academy, adopted several drains close to the school as part of the SFPUC’s Adopt a Drain Program. An advocate for watershed programs, Newman wanted to teach her students awareness about ecosystems, the environment, ground water, and wastewater.   “It is so important to me to educate students…

How to Help Protect the Environment During the Pandemic

Last week, Mayor London Breed put an order for workers and residents – in fact, for everyone – in San Francisco to wear face coverings when they are outside of their homes for essential needs, including waiting in line for or inside of a grocery store or on public transportation. Most people are already wearing…