Thursday, October 24, 2013

Last Seismic Improvement Pipeline Project Approved for Hetch Hetchy Water System

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has approved the $42.5 million Peninsula Pipeline Seismic Upgrade Project (PPSU). The project will repair and replace sections of several water delivery pipelines located in northern San Mateo County to ensure these critical pipelines can withstand a major earthquake. The San Francisco Planning Commission approved the project’s Environmental Impact Report on October 17, and the SFPUC’s actions yesterday will send the project to bid. This is the last water pipeline improvement project to move into construction of the more than 80 infrastructure projects as part of the $4.6 billion Water System Improvement Program (WSIP). 

“When completed, the newly upgraded pipelines will provide the residents and businesses of northern San Mateo County and San Francisco even more assurance that water will be available for firefighting, drinking and operational use following an earthquake,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan Kelly, Jr.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Emergency Preparedness Month

The First 72 Hours
This October, take time to engage in your community, discuss ideas and plans, and prepare for an emergency or natural disaster. The SFPUC’s Emergency Preparedness Month encourages all San Francisco-area residents to become more aware and prepared for the next emergency, which is almost certain to take place in our lifetimes. The first 72 hours after an emergency are often the times when community members come together to help each other out. If we prepare beforehand, we’ll be better off when an emergency occurs.

What can you do?
Meet with your family, neighbors and community organizers to get connected, develop a plan and share resources. Use and as starting points. You’ll find tips, guidelines for supplies, a mobile app and   stories from real San Franciscans.

This is our city was developed by San Francisco for San Francisco. Let’s protect each other and our city by using our resources and knowledge to the fullest when an emergency strikes.

Our community members are not the only ones getting prepared. The SFPUC has been improving and renovating our regional water system to ensure a safe and reliable water supply. Although San Francisco will always need to rely on this imported water from the Sierras, we are also developing additional water supplies that can be used in the event that our regional system is disrupted. For example, we are developing local wells in San Francisco to blend high-quality groundwater with our imported water supplies, and we’re producing recycled water for non-drinking purposes to reduce the amount of drinking water currently used in these ways.

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