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SFPUC to Resume Work on Critical Infrastructure Upgrade
Improvement project on the Embarcadero will help improve reliability and safety for critical main that serves 350,000 customers
Posted Date: 6/25/2020 10:00 AM

San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) will begin construction work next week on the Force Main Rehabilitation at Embarcadero and Jackson Improvements Project. The initiative will improve and upgrade a major segment of infrastructure that serves 350,000 customers in the City’s northeastern neighborhoods.


The work, which will begin on June 29, will complete critical improvements to the North Shore Force Main (NSFM), a pressurized sewer pipeline that transports wastewater in northern San Francisco to the Southeast Treatment Plant in the Bayview, which treats 80 percent of the City’s wastewater.


This project is part of the SFPUC’s Sewer System Improvement Program, a multi-billion-dollar citywide investment to ensure the City’s sewer system continues to reliably serve customers while protecting the health and safety of the surrounding community.


The work will take place on the Embarcadero and Jackson Street, and partial lane closures will be necessary to ensure public and worker safety during construction. Pedestrian traffic will be rerouted across the street at Broadway and bicyclists will share the automobile traffic lane for a short portion of the Embarcadero, where the excavation extends into the roadway. Sewer service will not be disrupted during construction.


Regular construction updates will be provided to residents and updated traffic information can be found on the project webpage at


The existing NSFM is nearing the end of its useful life and required emergency repairs in 2008 and 2012. To meet regulatory requirements, the main is almost always in service, and as a result, a portion of the NSFM could not be fixed during the emergency repairs until a redundant pipe was constructed. In 2015, the SFPUC built a a new redundant main, which allowed for the current work to be carried out.


Once this project is completed, the entire portion of the NSFM located along the Embarcadero will have complete redundancy. This will offer protection against disruption of service and sewage overflows to the Bay.

About the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is a department of the City and County of San Francisco. It delivers drinking water to 2.7 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area, collects and treats wastewater for the City and County of San Francisco, and generates clean power for municipal buildings, residents, and businesses. Our mission is to provide our customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care. Learn more at