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…

Bessie Carmichael Receives Green Infrastructure Grant to Become the Next Green Schoolyard

“Green infrastructure projects play a critical role in helping the SFPUC reach out long-term sustainability goals,” said SFPUC Green Infrastructure Grant Program project manager, Sarah Bloom. Bessie Carmichael Middle School was awarded $428,075 from the SFPUC’s Green Infrastructure Grant Program. This grant will transform the school’s asphalt play space into an educational stormwater schoolyard with…

One Way San Francisco Stays Rain Ready

With the rain season well under way, SFPUC crews are doing everything possible to keep San Francisco rain ready. One way the SFPUC gets prepared is through the use of a specially equipped truck that helps keep the City’s sewer system flowing: the Vac-Con truck. One might have noticed them in the streets and in…

Getting San Francisco Rain Ready: A Community Effort

At almost every intersection in the City, over 25,000 catch basins help to capture stormwater when it rains. This stormwater runoff then goes into the same pipes that connect to household and business drains. This “combined sewer system” is what helps manage stormwater and protect public health and the environment and reduce the risk of…