Why the SFPUC Welcomes the Year of the Rat

“Gung hay fat choy” is a common Chinese phrase used to wish others happiness and prosperity, especially during the Lunar New Year. Lunar New Year celebrations kick off on Saturday, January 25, marking a year of new beginnings. And just in case one may not have not been born in the year of the rat,…

Crews Work Quickly to Fix Sewer Main Blockage at George Sterling Park

On December 17, the City’s 3-1-1 Customer Service Center received a call reporting “water leaking down some steps onto the street from an unknown source” at George Sterling Park. The park sits on a landscaped hilltop with paths, benches with views of the Golden Gate Bridge. “I dispatched crews out there asap to get eyes…

How to Safely Clean a Storm Drain

With over 25,000 storm drains and catch basins throughout San Francisco, the SFPUC offers a unique program that allows residents to take an active role in caring for and improving the neighborhood where they live and work. Launched in 2016, the Adopt a Drain Program lets San Francisco residents “adopt” one of the City’s storm…

A Short Guide of Do’s and Don’ts of Being a Rain Guardian

Saving the world does not always require super powers, fighting abilities, or a cape. Sometimes it just requires residents to use safety equipment to keep their adopted rain gardens clean and safe. The SFPUC’s Rain Guardians Program enables San Francisco residents or businesses to become “guardians” of the City’s new rain gardens by keeping them…

The SFPUC is Upgrading the City Under the City

For the past 100 years, the City of San Francisco has protected public health by operating a sewer system that reliably treats and disposes of sewage and street runoff to the Bay and Pacific Ocean. The SFPUC maintains 1,900 miles of sewer mains and lateral and 27 pump stations that collect sewage and storm water,…

Toilets are Not a Dumping Ground

Just because a toilet has a lid on it like a trash can, does not mean one can throw anything they want into it. A friendly reminder from the SFPUC, only the “3 P’s” should take a splash. Pee, poop and toilet paper. The white throne, not a reference to the Game of Thrones, is…