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Emergency Firefighting Water System Projects

Phase One Projects are currently underway:

These projects focus on improving the reliability of the emergency firefighting water system, particularly following an earthquake or major disaster; making repairs, replacement and improvements to the most vulnerable components of the underground piping system; and adding aproximately 30 cisterns to provide an emergency source of water for firefighting. The Emergency Firefighting Water System Program has three major project categories:

Core Facilities

These core facilities deliver water at high pressures for the suppression of multiple-alarm fires and are vital for protecting against loss of life, homes and businesses in the event of a major earthquake or other natural disaster.  The program will seismically strengthen five physical plants.

One of the most basic and reliable means for storing large amounts of water for firefighting is an individual fire cistern. Cisterns, or large, concrete tanks that store water, are currently found throughout San Francisco. The program plans to repair existing cisterns and install new cisterns to improve coverage throughout the City.
Pipelines & Tunnels

The current system includes over 135 miles of underground pipelines and tunnels dedicated to emergency firefighting throughout the City. The program will repair and expand existing pipelines and tunnel components of this critical firefighting infrastructure as needed. Projects to begin at a later date.

Contractors seeking more information regarding construction contracts please visit our Contracts and Bids page


Last updated: 2/12/2014 4:36:10 PM