Meet Chief Water Service Inspector Kenneth Payne

A typical day for SFPUC Chief Water Service Inspector Kenneth Payne is supporting his team that could be spread across hundreds of miles. Payne supervises a team of Water Quality Technicians who are responsible for collecting regulatory drinking water and raw water samples in a geographical area that stretches nearly 200 miles, from Yosemite Valley to…

Carbon “PACs” a Punch Against Taste and Odor Issues

Fall is here. In the Bay Area it brings cooler weather, lovely fall foliage, and blue-green algae blooms. Luckily, the SFPUC’s operators have a powerful new tool at the Sunol Valley Water Treatment Plant. Blue-green algae are microscopic phytoplankton that are present in natural water bodies. The SFPUC’s filter plants remove the algae during treatment. However,…

The Power of Teamwork for the Powder Activated Carbon System

The task seemed impossible. Construct an entirely new Powder Activated Carbon water treatment system at the Sunol Valley Water Treatment Plant that must be ready for service by the January 2019 Hetch Hetchy shutdown, while the Plant remained in operation. Why the rush? The SFPUC’s 2.7 million Bay Area customers would rely solely on local…

What is the SFPUC Doing Inside Sunset Reservoir?

A hardhat, safety vest, and steel toed boots have been part of Titus Chen’s daily uniform lately. He has spent more time inside Sunset Reservoir than many of his colleagues, partnering with Dive Team guru John “JJ” Jordan to test operations, perform facilities inspection and plan improvements.  Sunset Reservoir, situated in San Francisco’s west side,…

Put Your Tastebuds to the Test at Andytown Coffee This Weekend

For many people, there is one important daily ritual that jumpstarts their morning: a much-needed cup of coffee. The SFPUC and Andytown Coffee Roasters have joined forces highlight the important role of our high-quality water in creating the morning coffee rituals enjoyed throughout the city. On Saturday, May 18, Andytown will host a unique learning…