Spring Southeast Community Newsletter 2014


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The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is a department of the City and County of San Francisco that provides retail drinking water and wastewater services to San Francisco, wholesale water to three Bay Area counties, and green hydroelectric and solar power to San Francisco's municipal departments. This newsletter is part of the outreach approach for the Southeast neighborhoods.

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Spring Southeast Community Newsletter 2014

  1. 1. All projects in the $2.7 billion Phase I of our Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP) have been launched; and the majority of this investment will be in the City’s Southeast Community. Since last fall, the project teams have been evaluating how to improve the biosolids treatment process at the Southeast Plant as well as the aging pipelines and pump stations that bring flows to the Plant. Our goal is to make our sewer system as reliable as possible, and truly a community asset, as Bayview neighbors and businesses plan for the future. Later this spring, you’ll hear about the treatment alternatives for the new Biosolids Digester Facilities project that will help improve performance and address odors and other neighborhood considerations. This fall, we’ll be asking for your input on the “look and feel” of the new, modern digesters including: siting, access, traffic patterns, aesthetics, and the best way to integrate into the community. Headworks—where flows first enter the Plant is another project. Improving this process will make a big difference to plant efficiency and will benefit the surrounding neighborhood. (Continued inside) This past winter was one of the driest winters on record. To help with the City’s water conservation efforts, the SFPUC is offering free faucet aerators, water-efficient showerheads, and Water-Wise Gardening Guidebooks to help you reduce your water consumption. These tools are available for pick-up at SFPUC Customer Service Department, 525 Golden Gate Avenue, Monday through Friday, from 8:00am - 5:00pm. Please call us to participate in a free water conservation home evaluation, facilitated by a trained water conservation specialist. They will help detect costly plumbing leaks, and show you ways to conserve our Hetch Hetchy drinking water. For more information on lowering your water and sewer bill, visit sfwater.org/cap or call (415) 551-4730 to request an application or schedule an appointment. Free Tools & Programs During Times of Drought Forging Ahead with Sewer Improvements Rendering of a SSIP green infrastructure demonstration project to be installed near the community garden on Leland Avenue. Stay informed at sfwater.org/vvgreennodes. SOUTHEAST NEWSLETTER | SPRING 2014
  2. 2. (Sewer Improvements continued from cover) In upgrading the sewer pipelines connecting to the Plant, we are focusing on the Channel force main—a pressurized line that carries 60% of the Bayside flows and has failed several times. You’ll hear more this summer about how we plan to improve this conveyance line and the pump stations that work with it. Look for us in the neighborhood particularly at the new Contractor’s Assistance Center and stay updated at sfwater.org/ssip. In early 2013, a group of Bayview residents and business leaders gathered to create a group called Resilient Bayview, to help make the Bayview an increasingly great place to live, work and visit following any possible emergency or disaster. Since its inception, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has worked closely with the leaders of Resilient Bayview to help support this vision. Recently, the SFPUC began holding preliminary stakeholder conversations with leaders from groups such as Resilient Bayview to discuss the various SSIP projects in the area. For more information on the Resilient Bayview, visit resilientbayview.org. Five Keys Named Best Charter School Community leaders from around the city came together to celebrate the Phelps Wing Opening and new anchor tenant Five Keys Charter School, a program of the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department. This spring the school was recognized as the Best Charter School in Northern California by the California Charter School Association. Adults aged 17 and over can earn high school credits or prepare for the GED for free. To enroll please call (415) 297-9887, or email referral@fivekeyscharter.org. “We must support our City’s diverse neighborhoods and merchant corridors to build stronger communities” — Edwin M. Lee, San Francisco Mayor Advancing a Future Rich in Social & Economic Opportunity Bayview children get creative at the April 13 Egg Hunt, while parents learned about solutions to improve our sewer system. For more information, log onto sfwater.org/urbanwatersheds Southeast Community Facility Commissioner, Eddy Zheng and Steve Good of the Five Keys Charter School at the Phelps Wing Grand Opening on January 29, 2014. SOUTHEAST NEWSLETTER | SPRING 2014
  3. 3. Did You Know? Did you know that 38 unique school groups went on a free Wastewater Treatment Facility tour this past year? It is easy for educators to sign-up for a free tour. For more information on free tours for school groups email wtptours@sfwater. org or call (415) 695-7375. • Southeast Community Facility Commission: Join us at 6:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 1800 Oakdale Avenue. • Pre-Job Readiness Class: Resume assistance is available at Renaissance Parents of Success every Tuesday from 12:00 - 5:00pm, and at the Human Services Agency Career Center daily at the Southeast Community Facility at 1800 Oakdale Avenue. For more information, contact Francis Starr at email fstarr@sfwater.org or (415) 310-0085. • Job/Career Fair: Dress for success on Wednesday, May 21 and attend the 2nd Annual Southeast Community Facility Commission’s Job/Career Fair. This event is free and open to the public 10:00am - 2:00pm at 1800 Oakdale Avenue. For more Information please contact Eleanore C. Fernandez at efernandez@sfwater.org or call (415) 821-2040. • Career Day: Thurgood Marshall Academy High School Annual Career Day was May 2. Each year, the SFPUC partners with Thurgood Marshall Academy High School for its Annual Career Day. “Career Day allows students to have personal discussions with engineers, communication experts, or finance professionals,” said SFPUC’s Karen Kubick. To participate as a volunteer in the future, contact Sam Murray at smurray@sfwater. • • • • 3rd on Third: The Bayview comes alive with music, arts, and community celebration on the 3rd Thursday of each month on Third Street from 5:30 - 8:00pm. For more information, visit 3rdonthird.com. • Wastewater Tours: Take a tour of the Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant to find out how we get dirty water clean again. We offer FREE tours the last Saturday of each month from May to October at 10:00am. Starting May 24th. For more Information, please call (415) 695-7375 or visit sfwater.org/tour. Completed installation of a new oxygen generation plant which uses much less energy and operates more efficiently, plus reducing truck traffic through the neighborhood. In the Community The SFPUC produces and participates in events throughout the year that engage, enhance and support the community. The following is a list of upcoming programs and events: SFPUC Citizens’ Advisory Committee: Learn more about the Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP) projects in the Southeast. Attend the next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 13 from 5:30 - 7:30pm at 525 Golden Gate Avenue. For more information, please email jbuendia@sfwater.org or call (415) 554-3473. SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION
  4. 4. New Opportunities in Green Infrastructure Construction In 2014, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) will advertise the first of eight green infrastructure projects (landscape and streetscape projects to manage stormwater throughout the City). This marks the beginning of many green and grey infrastructure projects that will be built over the next 20 years as part of the Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP). Find out how your company can participate in future green infrastructure projects at one of the upcoming Green Infrastructure Construction Seminars on May 20 and June 3, 2014 from 3:30-4:30pm at the Contractors Assistance Center located at 5 Thomas Mellon Circle, Suite 168. Admission and parking are free but space is limited so RSVP today by emailing acp@sfwater.org or calling (415) 467-1040. SOUTHEAST NEWSLETTER | SPRING 2014 sfwater.orgFor more information, visit: 525 Golden Gate Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SAN FRANCISCO CA PERMIT NO. 925