Posts Tagged ‘sfwater’

If Our SFPUC (aka “SFWater”) Went to French Laundry, It Would Add Guy Fieri Donkey Sauce to the Bordelaise

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Oh look, yet another tiresome ad from our local utility poobahs:

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And here’s your backgrounder.

So, if the PUC were a person, s/he would carry horrible Donkey Sauce to Yountville to combine with French Laundry’s Bordelaise sauce.

Why? Because “two supplies are always better than one,” silly.

Nobody has Donkey Sauce straight, right? Yech! Similarly, nobody’s drinking Frisco’s substandard water straight neither. The plan is to add enough to make it worth the PUC’s while while blanketing our city with these nonsense ads.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, PUC

Frisco’s PUC Shows how a Reliable Tap Water Supply is Better than a Super Reliable Tap Water Supply

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

This ad here has been my white whale – I’ve caught glimpses of it all over town the past few weeks, but here’s my first view head on.

Anyway, I guess you can see the three streams of water here:

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So I’m disputing the “amazing” claim about the 100% Hetch Hetchy what some of us will continue to get (due to a bad nitrate score last time I checked) AND I’ll point out that the groundwater being added in isn’t good enough to be tap water on its own – it needs to be cut, heavily, with Hetch Hetchy water, right?

So what would an honest marketing campaign look like? IDK, how about we’re lowering drinking water for some of you, mostly on the west side. And then you could point out the pros and cons of this decision…

Frisco’s “SMART WATER” – Our SFPUC has a Lot of Gumption with This New Ad Campaign – “Hella?”

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Here’s the latest:

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1. So how “amazing” is the water we take from Hetch Hetchy / Yosemite area? Well I think it’s fine, but check this oot, eh?

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So what are we, like #11 in population but #33 in water quality? Hmmm. Is that really so amazing?

2. The groundwater the SFPUC is hella* excited to add to your water (maybe – it depends on where you live in Frisco) is of lower quality than what we steal from the baby Yosemite Valley we flooded in order to steal from.

3. So to conclude, you can look forward to higher water prices (raising at a rate much higher than inflation) along with lower water quality in the coming years.

IOW, you’d prefer to get your water “smart” as opposed to “hella smart.”

In closing, hella hella hella…

*Our PUC, mostly run by old white dudes: “How do you do, fellow kids?

The SFPUC’s Marketing of Its Adulteration of Our Water Supply is Pretty Amazing

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Well let’s take a look at what ppl who don’t get paid by the SFPUC to crow about the SFPUC and see what they say about Frisco’s vaunted (“amazing,” they call it) Hetch Hetchy water. Oh, we’re down there around #33 or so, betwixt Pittsburgh and a town even more corrupt than ours. (I’m sure there’s a rejoinder to that, but I don’t know what it might be.)

Anyway, the local PUC is a gonna cut our normal water with well water what by itself isn’t generally good enough to be considered acceptable drinking water. But if you adulterate the water supply only a little, you can still meet standards and also save a few bucks as well.

The ad I saw on the side of a MUNI bus had “reliable” or reliability as the theme. And here’s what you see at
San Francisco Groundwater Supply Project

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There are pros and cons to adulterating our water supply of course.

Vaunted Frisco/Hetchy Hetchy Drinking Water Quality Ranked 33rd in National Study – Why? NITRATE ‘n Stuff

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Oh well:

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The latest rankings:

National Drinking Water Database – City Water Ratings

Big City Water Ratings

EWG rated big city (population over 250,000) water utilities based on three factors: the total number of chemicals detected since 2004; the percentage of chemicals found of those tested; and the highest average level for an individual pollutant, relative to legal limits or national average amounts, including for the most common pollutants (disinfection byproducts, nitrate and arsenic). [read more on rating methodology]

These “Rain Gardens” on Fell Street are Now Complete – Will They Make You Like the SFPUC More?

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

IDK, maybe they will.

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Of course, this design is the “beautiful” version. (What would an ugly rain garden look like, one wonders.)

And look, the “natural” weeds have already been carefully planted. Is our PUC going to water these weeds, you know, during the months and months when we don’t get any rain at all, to keep them green and “beautiful?” We’ll see.

(BTW, if you label the PUC the PUC, at least a few employees / contractors / interns / somebody who has access to the PUC’s email system just might hector you about instead calling the PUC “SF Water,” or SF Water Power Sewer. Let’s hope our SFPUC isn’t paying its employees $114 an hour on the side to email about how “confused” I am with my belief that the SFPUC can, at least sometimes, be rightfully be called the SFPUC.)

But, Gentle Reader, the well-paid PUC outreach people say that you can take a “tour” of these rain gutters if you want. Email at ssip@sfwater.org

Here They Are, Our Brand-New “Beautiful. Functional. Rain Gardens” on Fell – Like Parklets, But for Weeds, Not People

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

[UPDATE: Our PUC writes in tell about how I’m confusing them with the CAPUC, the same way, one supposes that Mssrs. Matier and Ross got “confused” when calling them the PUC here. But take their tour if you want – see Comments.]

Remember the revival of “Victory Gardens?” I do. It peaked in 2009. But the new thang in urban gardening is upon us.

As seen on Fell, looking inbound:

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(Oh, and the microfences already indicate that no bike parking is allowed. So what’s the PUC going to do? Ticket your ride? Cut off your lock and impound your bike?)

On Fell, looking outbound:

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And look, clobblestones!

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Are these real cobblestones? One can’t tell. Should they be? One doesn’t know.

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All right, that was the windup, and now here’s the pitch, from the SFPUC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PG&E:

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Are these realtor-backed parklets “beautiful?” I don’t think so. Will they “improve safety?” I don’t see how. And actually, spending tax and fee payer money on “streetscape” “beauty” instead of safety is the opposite of  “improving safety,” PUC. Oh, and PUC, if you ever want to talk about how best to “manage” California’s water resources for the benefit of all Californians, look me up, cause you’re doing it wrong…

All the deets:

Oak Street and Fell Street Pedestrian and Bike Safety Project

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Learn More About the Project

Check out SFMTA’s project website to learn more!

Improving Traffic Safety and Enhancing Stormwater Collection

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is teaming up with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) on the Oak Street and Fell Street Pedestrian and Bike Safety Project to integrate stormwater management with their traffic calming project.

In response to strong public feedback for more greenery and planting for the project, we’ve added rain gardens to the bulbouts along Oak and Fell Streets. A rain garden is a stormwater management technique which infiltrates stormwater into the soil, diverting water from going into the sewer. This addition to the project will benefit community members; not only will the project make residents and travelers safer, the rain gardens will add beauty and character to the intersections. Our partnership with the SFMTA will extend the improvements already underway. While the addition of green infrastructure will not result in any additional parking losses beyond what was approved by the SFMTA Board of Directors in May 2012, four of the bulbouts will be larger than initially proposed. Originally scheduled for construction in late 2013, the project is slated to begin construction in early summer 2014.

Contact:

For construction inquiries, please contact:

Dadisi Najib – SFDPW
Email: Dadisi.Najib@sfdpw.org

Luis Montoya – SFMTA
Email: luis.montoya@sfmta.com

Ari Frink – SFPUC
Email: afrink@sfwater.org

For more project information, visit SFMTA’s site here.

Giant Cartoon Map of the San Francisco Water System – Where’s Your Tank?

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

As promised, A Giant Cartoon Map of the San Francisco Water System, from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

Click on it to swim around and see where your tasty San Francisco wawa comes from. What’s that you say, what about lead and stuff? Well they test for that all the time, Silly Billy. What’s that you say, what about the lead solder that’s in the pipes in your building? Well, one thing you can do is let your water run for a bit to minimise exposure to the lead that’s leached into the water sitting in the pipes. It can’t hoit.

A lovely illustration from the late great Phil Frank.

Anyway, click expand.