Heavy Rains and Strong Winds Expected in San Francisco: Get Rain Ready

Rain or shine, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is preparing year-round for heavy rain, never knowing when the next big storm will hit. The National Weather Service predicts wet weather will hit San Francisco starting Tuesday afternoon, lasting until at least Friday.  To prepare for rain, the SFPUC’s Storm Watch Team has been…

Inspiring More Green Infrastructure Projects Throughout San Francisco

The SFPUC Green Infrastructure Grant Program thrived in 2020 despite challenges brought by the pandemic. Launched in February of 2019, the grant program has continued to provide funding to innovative public and private green infrastructure projects throughout San Francisco. The goal of the program is to further encourage onsite green infrastructure with an aim to…

How a San Francisco Drain Becomes Part of the Family

Nestled on the bottom of a steep San Francisco hill is ‘Donna’ the drain. “One time someone dumped wallpaper paste or some kind of white hardened stuff into Donna. I had to scrape it off her grate with a silverware knife. That is the one time I got fed up with the mistaken notion anything…

Gobble, Gobble It’s Thanksgiving Soon!

The holiday season is here, starting off with one that reminds us to give thanks. Thanksgiving 2020 is almost certain to be a downsized affair for most of us. Balancing the need to stay safe with our desire to see family means that most of us will be gathering around smaller tables and staying closer…

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…