Meet Josh Gale, Who Prepares for the Worst Case Scenarios

It was 1989 and the San Francisco Giants were playing against the Oakland A’s in the World Series. Fans waited for the highly-anticipated game three of the series to start. Then an earthquake happened. “I always think back to the Loma Prieta earthquake at Candlestick Park during the World Series. After the shaking stopped, there…

How Lloyd Weaver Started His SFPUC Career in a Place He Never Heard of Before

Located in unincorporated Tuolumne County, Moccasin has served as the hub of the Hetch Hetchy Water and Power Operations since construction of the Hetch Hetchy facilities started more than a century ago.  Now, almost two hundred SFPUC employees and consultants work in the offices, corporation yard, shops, and power house that keep the Sierra Nevada…

Workforce Development Spotlight: Al Smith

For Al Smith, a career in the construction industry never comes too late. As a Laborer apprentice from San Francisco who grew up in Bayview-Hunters Point, Smith is currently working for Western Water, a subcontractor on WW–628 Southeast Treatment Plant (SEP) New Headworks Facility – Bruce Flynn Pump Station. “I kind of waited late in…

The Role of the SFPUC in Fire Emergencies

Fire emergencies, while not an everyday occurrence, do happen throughout San Francisco. Fires are routinely handled by “first responders” — firefighters, paramedics, and police — and go largely unnoticed. In certain fire related events, SFPUC staff may be called on to assist firefighters with providing water to extinguish fires. The SFPUC: A Partner and First…

Meet Biologist Tammy Egger, Who Has Multi-generational Ties with the SFPUC

As a Biologist in the Natural Resources and Lands Management Division, Tammy Egger plays an integral role in monitoring the quality of San Francisco’s drinking water. As a woman in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) field, she knows firsthand the importance of providing high-quality water to the SFPUC’s 2.7 million customers throughout the…