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Emergency Firefighting Water System Projects

Phase One Projects have been completed.

These projects focused on improving the reliability of the emergency firefighting water system following an earthquake or other disaster.  Repairs, and replacement and improvements to the most vulnerable components of the underground piping system were made; added 30 new cisterns to provide an emergency source of water for firefighting.  The Emergency Firefighting Water System has three major categories: 

  • Cisterns -  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.
  • Core Facilities - 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 disaster. The program will seismically strengthen five physical plants.
  • 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.

     

Cisterns Group D
Cisterns Contract D - Various Locations

The project to install new cisterns to improve coverage in Bernal Heights, Sherwood Forest, West Portal and Diamond Heights has been completed.

Cashmere & Hudson
Cisterns Contract E - Golden Gate Heights

The project to install new cisterns to improve coverage in Golden Gate Heights and Laguna Honda Hospital has been completed.  

Funston&Geary
Cisterns Contract F - Various Locations

The program to install new cisterns to improve coverage in the Inner Richmond, Sea Cliff and the Bayview has been completed. 

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Pumping Station No. 1 - SFFD Headquarters at 2nd & Townsend

Pumping Station No. 1 provides water for the emergency firefighting water system which delivers water at high pressures for the suppression of multiple-alarm fires and is vital for protecting against loss of life, homes and businesses in the event of a major earthquake or other disaster. The program will make major improvements to the existing pumping station

Twin Peaks Reservoir & Tunnel

The Twin Peaks Reservoir & Tunnel provides the majority of water for the emergency firefighting water system. This project has been completed and the reservoir and tunnel are in operation. 

Jones Street Tank
Jones Street Tank

The Jones Street Tank provides water for the emergency firefighting water system which delivers water at high pressures for the suppression of multiple-alarm fires and is vital for protecting against loss of life, homes and businesses in the event of a major earthquake or other disaster.  This project has been completed and the tank is back in operation. 


The SFPUC's EFWS Capital Project Team, in collaboration with the San Francisco Fire Department and San Francisco Public Works, have completed the following EFWS construction projects, utilizing Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response Bond funds: 
EFWS Completed Construction Projects as of September 2020*
Ashbury Bypass Pipeline Constructed pipeline by-pass near Ashbury Tank
Ashbury Tank Constructed new Ashbury Tank
Candlestick Point-Carroll Ave. Pipeline Installed new pipeline in Candlestick Point/Carroll Ave. area
Cisterns Constructed 30 new cisterns for fire fighting purposes, 15 of which were in the Western neighborhoods.
Columbus and Green Pipeline Installed new pipeline project at Columbus Ave. and Green St. intersection
Control System Installed new electronic control system
Irving Street Pipeline Installed new pipeline on Irving Street
Jones Street Tank Completed Jones Street Tank structural improvements
Jones Street Tank Valves Motorized Jones Street Tank water valves
Mariposa-Terry Francois Blvd. Pipeline Installed new pipeline in the southern portion of Terry Francois Blvd. and on Mariposa Street
Pump Station #1 Installed new diesel engines and electrical generator for Pump Station #1 seawater pumps
Twin Peaks 16" Supply Pipeline Constructed new pipeline feeding Twin Peaks Reservoir from adjacent street water pipeline
Twin Peaks Reservoir Completed improvements to Twin Peaks Reservoir, including joint sealing

*The SFPUC Project Team will aim to update this list of projects on a quarterly basis.

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

Last updated: 9/11/2020 9:12:16 AM