Monday, April 30, 2012

Summer Work in Preparation for Seismic Upgrade

SFPUC anticipates awarding this Seismic Upgrade Project contract within 45 days.  Once we have Commission approval, another public meeting will take place later this summer to provide you with information on the upcoming project as well as an opportunity to meet the Contractor.
Two relocation projects need to be completed before the Seismic Upgrade of Bay Division Pipeline Nos. 3&4 can begin. Alameda County Water District water line just completed their project. Union Sanitary District (USD) sewer pipelines cross the  Hetch Hetchy Right of Way where the Seismic Upgrade will be installed later this Fall.

Projected Timeline:
·        Summer 2012 - Union Sanitary District utility relocation and Alameda County Water District water line tie in. 
·        Fall 2012 -  Seismic Upgrade Project construction begins
·        Winter 2014 -  Expected completion of the project 

USD awarded the Sanitary Sewer Relocation Project last month to K.J. Woods Construction Inc.   Mobilization to the site is scheduled to begin early May.  The Contractor estimates project completion in August.

Here is the USD Project Area:

Starting this week, USD’s Contractor will begin mobilizing to the project site. They will install the environmental exclusion fencing around the construction site, potholing for utilities and constructing the temporary road to the project area.  

Please see below for the construction notice that was mailed out to adjacent neighbors. In addition, USD’s Contractor will issue notices to neighbors near the project site.

We will continue to update our blog as more information about this project becomes available.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Be Prepared!

In the event of an earthquake, will you have enough drinking water?
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) operates the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System, which provides high-quality drinking water to 2.6 million residents and businesses across four Bay Area counties. The SFPUC is making the investment to seismically upgrade regional water facilities, tunnels, and pipelines. However, it is important for you to know that smaller pipelines leading to your home might be damaged in an earthquake. As a result, water from your tap may be unavailable for up to 72 hours or longer.

To prepare for an emergency:
Keep a 3-day water supply just in case
·         Each family member needs 1 gallon per day
·         Store tap water in food-grade plastic containers; replace every 6 months
·         Store bottled water in the original sealed containers; replace according to expiration date.

If your supply runs out, you can treat your tap water
·         Boil it for 3 minutes, or disinfect it by adding regular household bleach
·         Add 8 drops of bleach per gallon of water
·         Shake or stir then let it stand for 30 minutes

For more tips, view our emergency preparedness website at