Monday, December 21, 2015

Holiday Watch


It was Thanksgiving Day, and Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant Superintendent Dee Cutino was home enjoying turkey and the trimmings like most people.  But he took time out to pick up the phone and say Happy Thanksgiving to two of his staff—water treatment operators Mike Evans and James Sparks, on duty for the day by themselves at the plant.  “I think these guys would jump through a fire for us if they had to,” he said.


The two-man team will be there on Christmas Eve too, and again on Christmas night, constantly monitoring the treatment processes that are going on throughout the plant—from coagulation through filtration, disinfection and corrosion control. Throughout the shift they’ll keep making necessary adjustments, and checking the water quality regularly in the lab next door.
                                                                                
At least two operators are always on duty at Harry Tracy— including nights and holidays. And even on a quiet holiday night, the high-pitched beeps routinely come in every few minutes. They are notifications about levels and conditions throughout the plant—ozone residual, the pH level, turbidity, and any number of others.

A key part of the job is knowing what action to take, according to senior operator Mike Evans. He and the other nine plant operators are trained to recognize and deal with the many different issues that could come up, including an earthquake or other natural disaster.  

In short, says Mike, “You have to be ready for anything.  It’s all about protecting the public with safe water 24/7.”
 
Mike’s teammate, operator James Sparks, is just as committed. As someone born, raised and living in San Francisco, he takes the promise of safe tap water personally. "It’s for my own family," he says, " my neighbors, and the other million and a half people we serve.”


Thumbs up to Mike, James, and the other men and women who keep watch throughout our water system—24/7, including the Holidays.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Happy Holidays from Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System!

Thank you for being wonderful customers and neighbors throughout construction in 2015. It has been a busy year on the Peninsula, the SFPUC’s Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) celebrated the completion of the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant in San Bruno and the last major water transmission pipeline in the Peninsula region coming into service.

While the Water System Improvement Program overall is now 90 percent complete, we still have a long way to go and our crews are hard at work this holiday season. Below are the construction schedules for the Peninsula Pipeline Seismic Upgrade, Regional Groundwater Storage & Recovery Projects and the San Andreas Pipeline #2 at Junipero Serra Park.
  • Construction will be suspended Thursday, December 24 through Sunday, December 27.
  • Construction will be suspended Thursday, December 31 through Sunday, January 3.
  • Regular construction schedules will resume Monday, January 4.

Friday, December 11, 2015

PPSU Project Begins Paving Activities on Courtland Drive Next Week

Please reference this map to access Peninsula High School during the full closure of Courtland Drive.

Beginning as early as Monday, December 14, Courtland Drive will be closed between the San Bruno Chinese Church entrance and Peninsula High School for repaving as part of restoration activities for the Peninsula Pipeline Seismic Upgrade (PPSU) Project. 

Once this work begins, the contractor anticipates paving activities will last two to three days. Please reference the map above for the specific section of roadway that will be repaved. During this closure, all traffic will be detoured to Peninsula High School’s Piedmont Avenue entrance via Madison Avenue and Crestmoor Drive. This section of Courtland Drive is a private road owned by the San Mateo Union High School District. 

Courtland Drive will be closed during the following time period:

· Monday, December 14 through Friday, December 18


The PPSU project includes seismic upgrades to three Hetch Hetchy regional water delivery pipelines located in Northern San Mateo County. This project will ensure the pipelines can continue to deliver water to customers after an emergency. For more information and updates about this closure, please call the 24-hour answering service at (866) 973-1476 or subscribe to this blog to receive project updates. 

Friday, December 4, 2015

SFPUC Pipeline Repair to Begin at Junipero Serra Park Entrance

Depicted above is the location of pipeline construction and temporary pedestrian access.

Beginning the week of December 7, crews with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) will begin construction to permanent repairs on the 130 feet of the large water pipeline that ruptured in July of this year. Construction will take place at the entrance to Junipero Serra County Park. While private vehicles will not be able to access the park, pedestrians will be able to access the park from Crystal Springs Road via an alternate pedestrian path. Please pay close attention to directional signage for park access.

What to Expect:
  • Construction mobilization and pipeline demolition and replacement activities inside Junipero Serra Park. Please reference the map above.
  • Work hours: Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through the end of February 2016.
  • For safety reasons, the general public will not be able to drive into the park for the duration of construction activities, including over the weekends. 
  • Pedestrians entering from Crystal Springs Road will be rerouted to use alternate access, please reference the map above for the exact location. Other pedestrian trails in the park will be mostly unaffected.
  • There will be some noise and dust associated construction activities, but environmental monitoring will be in place to ensure these impacts are minimal.
Thank you for your patience as we complete these important pipeline repairs! Questions? Please e-mail blauppe@sfwater.org or miglesias@sfwater.org, or call us toll free at (866) 973-1476.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Construction Update for Lake Merced Golf Club Site

Beginning as early as Tuesday, December 1, construction activities will increase at the Lake Merced Golf Club Project Site to start building a new well facility. This work will occur Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and intermittently on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

 Please reference the map above for the construction limits and location of the new well facility.

During well facility construction, there will be an increase in construction deliveries and traffic.The SFPUC and its contractors will work to minimize noise, dust and traffic impacts, but some disruptions are expected due to the nature of construction. Every effort will be made to keep these impacts to a minimum.

In January 2015, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) awarded the $42.9 million construction contract for the Regional Groundwater Storage and Recovery Project to Ranger Pipelines, Inc. This Project started pre-construction activities in Spring 2015 and anticipates completion in early 2018. Construction activities at the Lake Merced Golf Club started in September 2015.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Check out the 2015 WSIP Annual Review Newsletter

As we approach the end of 2015, we’re excited to take a moment to go back in time some of the exciting milestones that the Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) achieved. While the WSIP has been active for the past 10 years and we are at 90 percent completion overall, there are still active projects in construction.

This year’s newsletter highlights various projects from the Peninsula, Bay Division and Sunol regions, including the completion of the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant. In addition, we’ll take a look back at the various awards projects have received and an update on the California drought and its impact to our water system.
Enjoy! 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Watershed Legacy: Protection and Preservation

The 23,000-acre Peninsula Watershed  has been a key source of high-quality drinking water since the 1860s, when our predecessor, the private San Francisco-based water company Spring Valley Water Company, turned to the neighboring Peninsula to help meet the needs of a mushrooming population. The first dam, the Pilarcitos,was built in 1866. 



This hidden reservoir lies deep in woodsy and water-rich Pilarcitos Canyon, to the west of the Crystal Springs and San Andreas reservoirs that we see from Highway 280 and other roads paralleling the watershed's east boundary, Today, Pilarcitos water serves primarily the Coastside County Water District. . 


While the company’s legendary engineer Hermann Schussler was surveying an alignment for the future pipeline to connect Pilarcitos Reservoir north to San Francisco, he saw the potential for the next reservoir—in flat San Andreas Valley. Spring Valley soon added that valley and surrounding watershed to its other Peninsula holdings. Schussler and his superiors believed the way to protect the quality of a water source was to manage and preserve the surrounding watershed—a conviction that we have upheld ever since.  

The watershed itself continues to sustain a historic diversity of natural habitats, ranging from old-growth Douglas Fir forest to coastal chaparral, serpentine bunch grasses, and wetlands.  Together they harbor an abundance of native plant and animal life, including
many rare, threatened and endangered species.

The endangered California Red-Legged Frog

Friday, November 6, 2015

PPSU Project Completes Major Construction; Restoration Now Underway in San Bruno

Final look at San Andreas Pipeline No. 3 at Shelter Creek Condominiums in September

Can you believe only two months ago the PPSU project completed pipeline installation and put the new San Andreas Pipeline No. 3 back into service? Now in restoration, the project is working quickly to return the SFPUC’s right of way to how it looked before construction.

Next week, the contractor will focus on repairing and replacing the curb, gutter and sidewalk on the south side of Whitman Way. All pedestrians will be detoured to the sidewalk on the north side of Whitman Way from Monday, November 9 through Friday, November 13. For more information and updates about the PPSU project, please call the 24-hour answering service at (866) 973-1476.

Thank you for your continued patience and support during this project. This project ensures the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System continues to deliver water to customers after an emergency.
 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Halloween Dwellers on the Watershed

A spooky thing happens to our watershed keepers on their way to reservoir patrol.

There are bats in the boathouse—hundreds of them roosting on the rafters. 

The small nocturnal flying mammals—long-time watershed inhabitants—took up residence in the floating building on Upper Crystal Springs Reservoir years ago

They may greet a staff intruder with high-pitched chatter in response to the unwelcome light through the first crack as the door opens.  But otherwise they stay put, except when they fly out to forage just after dusk and again just before dawn.  

Our biologists take occasional surveys to check that no rare or endangered species are mingling with the local Yuma myotis. The rest of the time, the bats are left to do what they do—keep the mosquito population at bay, mate (at this time of year), and produce one offspring per year.  There are no current plans to encourage relocation.

“We work around them,” says watershed keeper supervisor Tina Wuslich.  “It’s their home. We’re just the stewards.”  

Friday, October 16, 2015

Regional Groundwater Project Begins Construction Activities at Treasure Island RV Park Site

Beginning as early as this week, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC) Groundwater Storage and Recovery project will begin construction activities. The scope of work includes drilling a new groundwater well that will be 590 feet deep, installing approximately 180 feet of pipeline and building a new well station adjacent to the Treasure Island RV Park in South San Francisco (please reference the map below for the exact location).

24-hour well drilling work will occur continuously for up to
one month inside the blue rectangle pictured above. 

The project anticipates well drilling will begin in October. Once this work begins, it will occur continuously for 24-hours a day for up to one month in duration. To minimize noise impacts, the contractor will monitor noise levels and install sound curtains with blankets to ensure the levels do not exceed the local noise ordinance. During night work, the contractor will rotate construction lighting to direct it away from homes near the well drilling work.

Questions?
For more information about this project, please call the 24-hour answering service at 866-973-1476, or visit the Project webpage at sfwater.org/GSR.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A Rare Look at Venerable Peninsula Dam

Approximately 50 Filoli Estate members and supporters had a rare look at the base of 127-year-old Lower Crystal Springs Dam and the nearby newly constructed pump house. The site was a featured stop on a special Centennial Tour in celebration of the historic preserve’s 100-year mark. John Fournet, Natural Resources Division community liaison was host and interpreter. 

The 1888 Lower Crystal Springs Dam is the product of our predecessor, the private water utility Spring Valley Water Company. Noted for its gravity-arch design and interlocking concrete block structure—both innovations at the time—the dam withstood the great earthquakes of 1906 and 1989 with no damage. 

The tour ended at Pulgas Water Temple where the group met watershed keeper Jim  Barkenhus for a tour of the temple and channel into Crystal Springs Reservoir.  The popular beaux arts temple is a monument to the birth of the Hetch Hetchy Water System in 1934, when a throng of jubilant San Franciscans gathered near the edge of Crystal Springs Reservoir to witness the sight of the first Sierra waters rushing into the Bay Area.  

Neighboring Filoli Estate is home to a 1915 landmark mansion that was originally the country residence of Spring Valley Water Company board president William Bourn. It was Bourn who commissioned the design of the system’s first beaux art water temple, the 1910 Sunol Water Temple in the East Bay. For Bourn, that kind of majestic classic structure was a fitting tribute to what he saw as the nobility and sheer beauty of Spring Valley’s mission—the supply of clean, plentiful water


Friday, September 25, 2015

Regional Groundwater Project Begins Construction at Orchard Supply & Hardware Site Next Week

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Regional Groundwater Storage and Recovery (GSR) project anticipates starting construction on approximately Monday, September 28. Major construction activities will include drilling a new groundwater well to a depth of 440 feet deep, installing 790 feet of pipeline and building a new well station near the Orchard Hardware & Supply store in Millbrae. Once drilling begins, this activity will last 24-hours a day for up to one month.


24-hour well drilling work will occur continuously
for up to one month inside the blue rectangle pictured above. 

To minimize noise impacts, the contractor will monitor noise levels and install sound blankets to ensure it does not exceed the local noise ordinance. During night work, the contractor will rotate construction lighting to direct it away from homes near well drilling work.

Questions?
For more information about this project, please call the 24-hour answering service at (866) 973-1476, or visit the Project webpage at sfwater.org/GSR.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Construction Notice: Temporary Trail Closure in Junipero Serra Park

What: Temporary Trail closure in Junipero Serra Park east of Crystal Springs Terrace Apartments (2000 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno) for pipeline work

When: September 21 – 25, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Why: Crews will remove earth from on top of water pipelines and inspect them in this area

How: Crews will use large earthmoving equipment

What to Expect:
  • Temporary trail closure in the area 
  • Noise from large equipment, a small amount of dust in the area 
  • Water Department crews will be working in the area 
Thank you for your patience!


Contact us by calling our 24-hour Toll-Free line (866) 973-1476 or visiting www.sfwater.org/peninsula






Friday, September 11, 2015

Mobilization & Construction Activities Begin at Lake Merced Golf Club GSR Site

This week, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's (SFPUC) Regional Groundwater Storage and Recovery (GSR) Project started mobilization and construction activities to prepare for drilling a new groundwater well that will be 620 feet deep at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City (please reference the map on the back for the exact location).

Once well drilling begins, work will occur continuously. To minimize noise impacts, the contractor will monitor noise levels and install sound blankets to ensure the levels do not exceed the local noise ordinance. During night work, the contractor will rotate construction lighting to direct it away from homes near the well drilling work.


24-hour well drilling work at Lake Merced Golf Club anticipates starting 
next week inside the blue rectangle pictured above. 

Once well drilling begins, work will occur continuously for up to one month. To minimize noise impacts, the contractor will monitor noise levels and install sound blankets to ensure the levels do not exceed the local noise ordinance. During night work, the contractor will rotate construction lighting to direct it away from properties near well drilling activities.


For more information about the GSR Project, please be sure to subscribe to this blog, visit sfwater.org/GSR or by calling us at (866) 973-1476.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Heat and High Fire Danger!


You do not need us to tell you that the weather has been unseasonably hot. Daytime temperatures are 10 to 20 degrees above seasonal averages throughout the Bay Area, according to the National Weather Service.  

Because of the high heat and low moisture, our Natural Resources and Lands Management Division has issued a high fire alert for the Peninsula /Alameda Watershed lands that we own. 

If you are driving in the area, please remember:
  • Do not pull your car over to the side of the road in the grass. The heat from the underside of your car could quickly spark a grassfire. This is all too common.
  • Please do not smoke, hold lit cigarettes out the window, or dispose of cigarette butts onto the side of the road.
  • Please do not operate machinery in dry grasses that might generate sparks, including mowers.

For tips on how to stay safe in this heat, please visit the National Weather Service’s website: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/index.shtml.

Please stay hydrated and stay cool out there!


Please do not operate machinery that might generate sparks, including mowers.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

PPSU Project Will Close Whitman Way for Pipeline Work

Beginning as early as Thursday, September 3, Whitman Way will be closed between Shelter Creek Lane and Courtland Drive from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for back filling and repaving across Whitman Way as part of the Peninsula Pipeline Seismic Upgrade (PPSU) Project. Whitman Way will reopen at the end of each work day at 3:30 p.m. 

Whitman Way will be closed during the following time periods: 

· Thursday, September 3 and Friday, September 4
· Tuesday, September 8 through Friday, September 11 
· Monday, September 14 through Friday, September 18

During this closure, all traffic will be detoured to San Bruno Avenue via Shelter Creek Lane, Madison Avenue and Crestmoor Drive. For more information and updates about this closure, please call the 24-hour answering service at (866) 973-1476 or subscribe to this blog to receive project updates.

The full closure of Whitman Way anticipates starting as early as Thursday, September 3 inside the orange rectangle pictured above.

The PPSU project includes seismically upgrading three Hetch Hetchy regional water delivery pipelines located in Northern San Mateo County. This project will ensure the pipelines can continue to deliver water to customers after an emergency. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Treatment of Locally Stored Peninsula Water Keeps Quality High





The just upgraded Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant features a new and seismically resistant 11-million-gallon treated water reservoir, along with three new ozone generators and five new filters. 
The improved San Bruno facility now has the capacity to provide 140 million gallons of water per day for 60 days within 24 hours of a major earthquake—enough to supply nearly one million people during that time.

On an average day, Harry Tracy treats about 35 million gallons of water that have been pumped up from storage in the Peninsula Watershed reservoirs below. Within only an hour or so, the raw water undergoes disinfection by ozone, isolation of the solids, filtration and finally post-treatment at the new treated water reservoir. 

The first stop is the ozone station, where this oxidant quickly eats away bacteria and other microbes along with inactivating viruses. Ozone also aids in taste and odor control.


Chemicals are now added to induce particles in the water to coagulate. As the water circulates through a series of rectangular open-air basins, the solids keep merging into increasingly larger clumps called “floc.” 


These are removed in filtration, when the flocculated water passes through two layers-- anthracite (a hard natural goal) and then sand.  (The five newly installed filters raise the plant’s total number to 15.)


Finally, the filtrated water goes to our new treated water reservoir for fluoridation, disinfection, and corrosion control. Now it is ready for distribution to customers in northern San Mateo and San Francisco counties.


The new treated water reservoir rests on 50- to 70-foot-deep pilings, and the entire plant is now capable of withstanding a 7.9 magnitude earthquake. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

PPSU Completes Construction at Millbrae Project Site




The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has finished construction at the PPSU Project’s construction area in Millbrae. Construction at this site started in August 2014 and the contractor has successfully replaced and seismically upgraded more than 950 feet of aging pipeline.

The project team is thankful to the community for their continued patience and partnering spirit throughout construction. These upgrades are critical to ensuring a reliable water supply to millions of Bay Area residents, even after an earthquake. We couldn’t have completed it without your support!

While construction is complete in Millbrae, we encourage you to continue your subscription to this blog or call the 24-hour answering service with any questions to stay informed about Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System.

Thank you!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Construction Notice: Regional Groundwater Project to Begin 24-hour Well Drilling in Colma

On Monday, August 10, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's (SFPUC) Regional Groundwater Storage and Recovery (GSR) Project will begin preparing the Colma Boulevard site for construction activities. Beginning as early as Monday, August 17, the GSR Project will begin drilling a new groundwater well that will be 690 feet deep near Colma Boulevard in Colma. Please reference the map below for the exact location.

24-hour well drilling work near Colma Boulevard anticipates starting on  
Monday, August 17 inside the blue rectangle pictured above. 

Once well drilling begins, work will occur continuously for 24-hours a day for up to one month in duration. To minimize noise impacts, the contractor will monitor noise levels and install sound blankets to ensure the levels do not exceed the local noise ordinance.  During night work, the contractor will rotate construction lighting to direct it away from properties near well drilling activities. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Our Drinking Water: Some of the Best in the Land


The Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System, operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), provides its 2.6 million customers with some of the highest-quality water in the country.  

It originates as pristine snowmelt and precipitation from the protected Tuolumne Watershed in the Yosemite National Park wilderness, and flows into Hetch Hetchy Reservoir’s granite basin for storage. 



In fact, waters collected here so consistently meet and exceed Federal and State standards for safe drinking water that no filtration is required. (The SFPUC is one of the few water utility districts in the country to be granted this exemption.)

Hetch Hetchy water makes up about 85% of your tap water, with the rest coming from Bay Area reservoirs that capture and store rainfall and runoff from the SFPUC’s Alameda and Peninsula watersheds. Both watersheds are carefully managed to preserve both the quality of the waters and the variety of natural habitats that support an abundance of native plant and animal life.

Local reservoir water is treated by one of two state-of-the-art treatment plants. On the Peninsula, it’s the newly upgraded Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant where waters from the Peninsula Watershed’s  Lower Crystal Springs, Upper Crystal Springs, and San Andreas reservoirs are pumped in for disinfection, filtering and post-treatment before delivery to about 1 million customers.  More on those treatment steps in an upcoming blog.   

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Regional Groundwater Storage & Recovery Project to Begin Drilling in South San Francisco

Beginning as early as Wednesday, July 15, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Regional Groundwater Storage and Recovery (GSR) project will begin drilling a new groundwater well to a depth of 620 feet deep at Garden Chapel Funeral Home in South San Francisco.


24-hour well drilling work will occur continuously for up to one month inside the blue rectangle pictured above. 


To minimize noise impacts, the contractor will monitor noise levels and install sound blankets to ensure it does not exceed the local noise ordinance. During night work, the contractor will rotate construction lighting to direct it away from homes near well drilling work. 

Questions?
For more information about this project, please call the 24-hour answering service at 866-973-1476, or visit the Project webpage at sfwater.org/GSR. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Neighbors Toured Newly Completed Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant Upgrades

What better way to meet your neighbors than over coffee, bagels, and water treatment? On the last Saturday in June, more than 50 of our neighbors around the newly-upgraded Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant accepted our invitation to do just that. The Plant has been under construction for the past four years in order to complete critical seismic and system upgrades as well as build an 11-million-gallon treated water reservoir on the site. It was our chance to show our patient neighbors what the fuss was about, and to say thank you.

Neighbors enjoy the view from the top of the newly completed Treated Water Reservoir.

The Plant treats drinking water that is stored in the Crystal Springs and San Andreas Reservoirs on the Peninsula before delivering it to communities in San Mateo and San Francisco counties. The upgraded Plant can now provide up to 140 million gallons of water per day for 60 days within 24 hours after a major earthquake to the almost 1 million people that it serves.

Project Construction Manger Ryan Cayabyab, Project Manager Calvin Huey, and plant operators Tim Kennedy and Jim Myint showed our guests around the plant. They explained how water is treated at the plant, and highlighted the new features recently installed as part of construction. Check out this time lapse to get a sense of the scale of the project.

The completion of the project is a huge milestone for the Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) and a critical component of a consistent, reliable and high-quality drinking water supply in the Bay Area.

We enjoyed meeting our delightful neighbors, and we look forward to seeing you all around the neighborhood.


A map of the upgrades completed during the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant Long-Term Improvements Project.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

New Interactive Map for Regional Groundwater Storage & Recovery Project

The Regional Groundwater Storage & Recovery (GSR) Project has multiple active sites across five cities: Daly City, South San Francisco, Millbrae, Colma and San Bruno. In an effort to keep you informed about construction activities, detours and other project updates associated with GSR Project’s 13 sites, we have developed a Geographic Information System (GIS) Map.

This GIS map will be located on the project webpage www.sfwater.org/GSR. The map will be updated regularly depending on construction activities. A a snapshot of the GIS map with functionality capabilities is below.




  • Click numbers 1 - 13 to review construction site information
  • Each site has a box that highlights current status, hours and upcoming work
  • The blue area illustrates the construction area limits associated with the site
  • Use the navigational + and - sign to zoom in and out of the GSR project map

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Regional GSR Project Begins Well Drilling Next Week

On Thursday, June 18, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Regional Groundwater Storage and Recovery (GSR) project will begin drilling a new groundwater well to a depth of 730 feet deep at Benjamin Franklin Intermediate School in Daly City.

24-hour well drilling work will occur continuously for up to one month. inside the blue rectangle pictured above. 

To minimize noise impacts, the contractor will monitor noise levels and install sound blankets to ensure it does not exceed the local noise ordinance. During night work, the contractor will rotate construction lighting to direct it away from homes near well drilling work. 

Questions?
For more information about this project, please call the 24-hour answering service at 866-973-1476, or visit the Project webpage at sfwater.org/GSR. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

PPSU Project Road Closure: Whitman Way

Beginning as early as Monday, June 22, Whitman Way will be closed between Shelter Creek Lane and Courtland Drive from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to remove and install water pipelines across Whitman Way as part of the Peninsula Pipeline Seismic Upgrade (PPSU) Project. Whitman Way will reopen at the end of each work day at 3:30 p.m.

Whitman Way will be closed during the following time periods:

Monday, June 22 – Friday, June 26 
Monday, July 6 – Friday, July 10 
Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 17 
Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 24 

During this closure, all traffic will be detoured to San Bruno Avenue via Shelter Creek Lane, Madison Avenue and Crestmoor Drive. For more information and updates about this closure, please call the 24-hour answering service at 866-973-1476 or subscribe to this blog, to receive project updates.

The PPSU project includes seismic upgrades to three Hetch Hetchy regional water delivery pipelines located in Northern San Mateo County. This project will ensure the pipelines can continue to deliver water to customers after an emergency. 

Please reference this map to access San Bruno Avenue during the full closure of Whitman Way.

Friday, May 22, 2015

GSR Project Pipeline Construction Ramping-up in Daly City and Colma

The Regional Groundwater Storage and Recovery (GSR) Project will ramp-up pipeline construction activities inside the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC)’s right of way in Daly City and Colma next week.   
 
Serra Bowl Site in Daly City
  • The contractor will begin pipeline installation activities on Tuesday, May 26 which will increase activity at this site.
  • Permitted construction hours are currently Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Expect to see more construction vehicles, pipeline stored at the site and trenches to install the new pipeline. Also there may be some dust and noise associated with construction activities.

Colma Boulevard Site in Colma
  • The contractor will begin pipeline installation activities on Tuesday, May 26 which will increase activity at this site.
  • Permitted construction hours are currently Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Expect to see more construction vehicles, pipeline stored at the site and trenches to install the new pipeline. Also there may be some dust and noise associated with construction activities.
 
For more information about the GSR Project, please be sure to subscribe to this blog. Visit sfwater.org/GSR or by calling us at (866) 973-1476.
 

 
 
 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

GSR Project Construction Activities Ramp-up this Week

The Regional Groundwater Storage and Recovery (GSR) Project will ramp-up construction activities inside the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC)’s right of way in South San Francisco this week. 
 
Linear Park in South San Francisco
  • The contractor will begin well redevelopment work on Monday, May 18, increasing activity at this site for approximately two weeks. 
  • Permitted construction hours for this work are currently Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Expect to see more construction vehicles accessing the site via South Spruce Avenue. Also there may be some dust and noise associated with construction activities.

Hickey Boulevard & Camaritas Avenue in South San Francisco
  • The contractor will begin well redevelopment work on Thursday, May 28, increasing activity at this site for approximately two weeks.
  • Permitted construction hours are currently Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Expect to see more construction vehicles accessing the site via Camaritas Avenue. There may be some dust and noise associated with construction activities. 
For more information about the GSR Project, please be sure to subscribe to this blog, visit sfwater.org/GSR or by calling us at (866) 973-1476.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Pipeline Construction South of Whitman Way Begins This Week

This week the PPSU project contractor, Ranger Pipelines, Inc., will start pipeline removal and replace approximately 1,100 feet of aged pipe inside the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s right-of-way south of Whitman Way and north of the San Bruno Chinese Church in San Bruno. 

Permitted construction hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Construction activities at this location are expected to last through summer 2015. During these activities, please keep an eye out for intermittent sidewalk and lane closures along Whitman Way.


Pipeline construction and related activities will occur 
in the outlined areas pictured here.

What is the PPSU Project? 
The PPSU project includes the seismic upgrade of three Hetch Hetchy regional water delivery pipelines located in Northern San Mateo County. This project will ensure the pipelines can continue to deliver water to customers after an emergency.

Questions?
For more information, please call the 24-hour answering service at 866-973-1476, or subscribe to this project blog.

Friday, February 27, 2015

PPSU Pipeline Construction Begins in Shelter Creek Condominiums Next Week


The region outlined above indicates where construction activities
are occurring inside Shelter Creek Condominiums.


On Monday, March 2 the PPSU project contractor, Ranger Pipelines, Inc., will start pipeline removal and replace approximately 200 feet of aged pipe inside Shelter Creek Condominiums within the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s right-of-way. The contractor will also begin delivering and staging pipe on Monday, March 2.

Permitted construction hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on an as-needed basis. Construction activities inside Shelter Creek Condominiums are expected to last through summer 2015. The contractor has implemented a noise monitoring plan, vibration monitoring points and sound walls to minimize construction impacts.

During daytime activities, Shelter Creek Lane inside Shelter Creek Condominiums, depicted in the visual above, will be closed to vehicle traffic. All daytime traffic accessing Garage 4 and residents of Buildings 3, 4 and 5 will be rerouted via Whitman Way. Garage 3 residents will not be affected. At nighttime, the contractor will reopen Shelter Creek Lane to traffic.

The PPSU project includes the seismic upgrades of three Hetch Hetchy regional water delivery pipelines located in Northern San Mateo County. This project will ensure the pipelines can continue to deliver water to customers after an emergency.


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Friday, February 20, 2015

PPSU Pipeline Deliveries Begin in San Bruno Next Week!

On Wednesday, February 25, the PPSU project contractor, Ranger Pipelines, Inc., will begin delivering and staging pipeline materials along the SFPUC’s right of way south of Whitman Way in San Bruno. 

Permitted construction hours are currently Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Construction activities at this location are expected to last through summer 2015. During these activities, please keep an eye out for intermittent sidewalk and lane closures along Whitman Way. 


Pipeline deliveries in San Bruno will be similar to the activity shown above.

The PPSU project includes the seismic upgrades of three Hetch Hetchy regional water delivery pipelines located in Northern San Mateo County. This project will ensure the pipelines can continue to deliver water to customers after an emergency. 


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Monday, February 16, 2015

Harry Tracy Update: Upcoming Full Plant Shutdown

From February 16 through March 1, water treatment operations at the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant will shut down so that our Contractor can complete minor construction activities and run tests of new plant facilities. The plant has been under construction since March 2011 for seismic improvements and capacity expansions, including the construction of five new filters and a new 11 million gallon Treated Water Reservoir.

Work hours are expected to continue as usual: Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our San Bruno neighbors may notice trucks along Crystal Springs Road between these hours. Pilot cars will continue to escort all trucks into the plant for safety and to ensure the speed limit is observed.

Our Contractor will also be replacing the fence between the plant and the Millbrae Meadows Swim Club on Helen Drive through approximately March 1. Please see the post below from February 6th for more details.

Please do not hesitate to call us at (866) 973-1476 with any questions about the project or the SFPUC’s Water System Improvement Program. Your feedback is extremely helpful to the project team.


Friday, February 13, 2015

PPSU Project to Suspend Construction on Presidents Day


In observance of Presidents Day, the Peninsula Pipeline Seismic Upgrade (PPSU) project contractor, Ranger Pipelines, Inc. will suspend construction activities on Monday, February 16. PPSU construction is scheduled to begin again on Tuesday, February 17 in Millbrae, San Bruno, Colma and South San Francisco.

The PPSU project is seismically upgrading three Hetch Hetchy regional water delivery pipelines located in Northern San Mateo County. This project will ensure the pipelines can continue to deliver water to customers after an emergency.
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Friday, February 6, 2015

Millbrae Update: Work on Helen Drive

Beginning on Monday, February 9th, a construction crew with the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant project will replace the fence between the plant and the Millbrae Meadows Swim Club on Helen Drive in Millbrae. The work is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete.

Construction materials and vehicles will be staged in the swim club parking lot. Though the swim club is closed for the season, we know that many of our neighbors use this parking lot and nearby areas as a starting point for hikes at Juniperro Serra County Park. Please carefully follow the posted signage and be aware that parking will be more limited when using this lot from February 9th through late February.

Please call us 24 hours with any questions or concerns about this activity, (866) 973-1476.

Friday, January 23, 2015

WSIP Recognizes Construction Project Teams for 7 Million Safe Work Hours

The construction teams working on Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) projects recently achieved a huge and important milestone. Between April 2009 and October 2014, these project teams performed 7 million hours of work on major construction projects, without a single major injury or incident. SFPUC representatives acknowledged this with a formal presentation of a certificate to the active construction management and contractor teams in December.

The WSIP projects have significantly lower rates of recordable injuries and lost work time compared to the national industry averages. The safety successes are a result of a robust safety program that has been embraced by the construction management teams as well as the project contractors. This milestone is evidence of the project teams’ outstanding commitment to the Think Safety, Work Safely approach, ensuring the program’s construction sites are safe places to work.

Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant Project: SFPUC Team and Kiewit Infrastructure West

Peninsula Pipeline Seismic Upgrade Project: SFPUC Team and Ranger Pipelines, Inc.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

PPSU Construction Activities Kick-off In Shelter Creek Condominiums This Week


The region outlined above indicates where construction activities inside 
Shelter Creek Condominiums will occur.

This week the PPSU project contractor, Ranger Pipelines, Inc., started construction activities inside the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC)’s right of way in Shelter Creek Condominiums. The contractor started site clearing within the right of way, setting up the construction staging areas, installing construction fences and installing shoring along the SFPUC right of way to prepare for pipeline construction that will begin in February.

Permitted construction hours are currently Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on an as-needed basis. Construction activities inside Shelter Creek Condominiums are expected to last through summer 2015.

During daytime activities, Shelter Creek Lane inside Shelter Creek Condominiums, depicted in the visual above, will be closed to vehicle traffic. All daytime traffic accessing Garage 4 and residents of Buildings 3, 4 and 5 may be rerouted via Whitman Way. Garage 3 residents will not be affected. At nighttime, the contractor will reopen one lane to traffic on Shelter Creek Lane and will implement temporary signals to regulate the flow of traffic.

The PPSU project includes the seismic upgrades of three Hetch Hetchy regional water delivery pipelines located in Northern San Mateo County. This project will ensure the pipelines can continue to deliver water to customers after an emergency.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant Construction Update

Millbrae work:
Beginning Monday, January 19th, the project team will be installing a concrete pad underneath an existing meter vault on Sycamore Drive in Millbrae. Construction will take place next to the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant where Sycamore ends at the northernmost point.

Work at this site will involve excavation that may be audible at times to our neighbors on Sycamore and Crestview Drives. The work hours are Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from January 20th to early February, with louder activities starting after 8 a.m.

On Monday, January 19th, crews will work 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Millbrae and in several locations throughout the plant.

Work continues to complete the new washwater tank near our Millbrae neighbors on Sycamore, Crestview, Larkspur, and Pinehurst Court.

Some construction activities are expected to continue through late February. Please subscribe to this blog (see right) for automatic schedule updates via email.

Thank you for your patience as we push through to completion of this project. Harry Tracy was originally built in 1972 and is the only water treatment plant serving the Crystal Springs Reservoir System.

Please call us 24-hours a day with any questions or concerns at (866) 973-1476.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

PPSU Construction Begins to Ramp Up in Colma

This week the project contractor, Ranger Pipelines, Inc. will begin delivering and staging pipeline materials at the Colma site. Pipeline deliveries will occur Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. These pipeline deliveries are expected to last through the end of the week. During construction related activities, please keep an eye out for intermittent lane closures and traffic changes on Collins Avenue during construction.

Pipeline deliveries in Colma will be similar to the activity shown above.

On Monday, January 19, Ranger Pipelines, Inc. will begin removing and replacing approximately 700 feet of aged pipeline at the Colma site behind the Khol’s department store between Serramonte Boulevard and Collins Avenue within the SFPUC’s right-of-way. Permitted construction hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pipeline construction and site restoration activities are expected to last through April 2015. The contractor will work to minimize noise, dust and traffic impacts, but some disruptions are expected due to the nature of construction.

The PPSU project includes seismically upgrading three Hetch Hetchy regional water delivery pipelines located in Northern San Mateo County. This project will ensure the pipelines can continue to deliver water to customers after an emergency. For more information, please subscribe to this blog to receive project updates or call (866) 973-1476.

Friday, January 9, 2015

South San Francisco Construction Update

Baden Valve Lot Construction 

On Monday, January 12, the PPSU project contractor, Ranger Pipelines, Inc., will begin replacing three critical valves within the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)’s right of way in South San Francisco between Southwood Drive and West Orange Avenue.

These valves are critical to the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System in the Peninsula. As a result, the contractor must replace all three valves in five days in order to put them back into operation by Friday, January 16.

With this limited construction time frame, the contractor will work 24-hour shifts for this five day period. To minimize noise impacts, the contractor will refrain from using loud equipment and back-up alarms after 8 p.m. 24-hour noise monitoring will occur to ensure noise does not exceed the City of South San Francisco’s noise ordinance and construction lighting will be pointed away from homes.


Construction project limits near Garden Chapel Funeral Home in South San Francisco.

Westborough Boulevard & Orange Avenue Construction

The project contractor, Ranger Pipelines, Inc., has completed construction of the new tunnel shafts under Westborough Boulevard. The SFPUC’s water pipelines will be taken out of service on Saturday, January 10 and the contractor will begin installing the new pipeline under Westborough Boulevard. Permitted construction hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. These construction activities are expected to last through March 2015. 


Construction project limits at Westborough Boulevard and Orange Avenue in South San Francisco.

What is the PPSU project?
The PPSU project includes the seismic upgrade of three Hetch Hetchy regional water delivery pipelines located in Northern San Mateo County. This project will ensure the pipelines can continue to deliver water to customers after an emergency.

For more information, please subscribe to this blog to receive project updates or call (866) 973-1476.