An Introduction from the General Manager, Harlan L. Kelly Jr.
The SFPUC is a department of the City and County of San Francisco that provides drinking water and wastewater services directly to customers in San Francisco, wholesale water service in three Bay Area counties, and emissions-free power to San Francisco’s municipal departments and other customers. Our mission is to provide our customers with high quality, efficient, and reliable water, power, and wastewater services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care. Critical to meeting this mission is the ongoing sustainable management of our financial resources.
Since 2012, we have successfully operated a pioneering onsite treatment system at our headquarters to reduce our own potable water consumption by 65 percent. Other innovative projects and programs include the Urban Watershed Management Program and the Non-potable Water Program, which have allowed us to create synergistic projects that diversify our water supplies and better leverage our water resources. In addition to the hydropower produced by our Regional Water System, the SFPUC is also capturing clean, renewable energy by co-locating solar panel arrays and developing biogas generation at our water and wastewater facilities.
We are building on all of these successes, and expanding our City’s sustainability efforts, by formalizing a new approach to water and energy resources management: OneWaterSF. OneWaterSF will provide greater water and energy resource resiliency and reliability, create opportunities to optimize our water infrastructure, and contribute to the livability and sustainability of our City and the environment. OneWaterSF represents a new way of doing business for the SFPUC that will build upon the values expressed in our 2020 Strategic Plan. Together, these efforts will increase communication across traditional lines within the SFPUC and the City, encourage creative thinking and inventive solutions, and better align each of our business practices with a shared sense of purpose around maximizing the efficient use of our precious and finite resources.