Staying Ahead of Pollution

The SFPUC’s Pollution Prevention Program held a workshop last May to discuss Constituents of Emerging Concern (CECs). Simply put, the CECs are the many different kinds of chemicals such as traces of medicines, personal care or household cleaning products, lawn care and agricultural products, among others. These can be detected in water ways, such as…

Completion of Baker Beach Green Streets Project Will Help Manage 2.6 Million Gallons of Stormwater Each Year

For the SFPUC, green infrastructure projects like Baker Beach Green Streets represent the future of San Francisco. Green infrastructure projects help manage the City’s stormwater more efficiently and sustainably, while also making communities more connected and livable. Completion of the Baker Beach Green Streets project and a series of green infrastructure improvements will help manage…

An Essential Worker & Father’s Message to Wear a Mask

Tomio Nakadegawa is a Chief Stationary Engineer at the SFPUC’s Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant. On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order directing all residents to stay home, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure sectors. This order included the wastewater sector.  For months, Nakadegawa has been getting up each morning…

Anthony LaMell’s Secret Formula in Turning His Work into a Career

Anthony LaMell, a Stationary Engineer and Wastewater Operator in the SFPUC’s Wastewater Enterprise, never thought about working in utilities but he always liked fixing things. In his case, he started out fixing appearances. “Before coming to the SFPUC, I used to be a licensed cosmetologist, doing fashion shows, hair shows, and similar things. That profession…