The ballots are out — and the gloves are off — in the fight over whether San Francisco should study draining and replacing its primary water reservoir in the Hetch Hetchy Valley of beloved Yosemite National Park. Read More
Hundreds of city workers may have been taking their own small piece of a $2 million public-assistance lifeline offered annually by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission for low-income water users. Read More
A free ride on bills for 133 San Francisco utility customers has come to an abrupt end — and a year’s worth of charges for every last drop is all that remains.
Staff members at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission failed to promptly follow up on an “exceptions list” of meter readings — designed to temporarily halt large inaccurate charges that resulted from glitches — resulting in customers going a year or more without receiving monthly water or sewer bills. Read More
When the shiny new headquarters of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission opens Wednesday, it will use 60 percent less water than the average 13-story office building. That’s because most of that water will be recycled for nonpotable uses at the site, running through a system of underground tanks and artificial wetlands that cleans and clarifies whatever is flushed down toilets or washed down drains. Read More
As it pieces together a long-term overhaul of San Francisco’s underground sewage infrastructure, The City’s Public Utilities Commission is scrambling to fix an array of faulty pipelines in the meantime. Read More
Funding for a popular San Francisco rebate program that has encouraged the installation of more than 1,200 solar projects may be cut from $5 million to $3 million. The two-year-old GoSolarSF is funded by revenue generated by the city-owned dam at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. It has helped foster a local solar industry by providing rebates of $2,000 or more to residents and businesses going solar. Read More
Within the offices of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, there is a common impression that only geeks know that the agency is responsible for three of The City’s major public utilities: water, power and sewage.
But a new brand and a green, yellow and blue logo could conceivably elevate the agency’s profile into the occasional everyday conversation. Read More
Gas stations selling diesel fuel in San Francisco could be forced to sell biodiesel instead, if a proposal floated by a city commission gains traction. Read More