From Tuolumne County, to San Francisco, to the Peninsula, the SFPUC is especially committed to providing opportunities in the neighborhoods most impacted by our water, power and sewer operations. As we upgrade our facilities and execute our Agency’s capital projects, we ensure these efforts support public health, jobs, learning and education opportunities in these communities. We’re proud of leveraging the work we do every day to create spaces and programs that help to make these neighborhoods a better place to live, work and play. We believe this is what being a good neighbor is all about and it’s how we do business.
Building Opportunities in the Bayview
The Bayview Hunters Point Neighborhood is home to one of San Francisco’s largest resources - the Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant - which manages 80% of the City’s wastewater, allowing residents and visitors to have safe, reliable and operational sewer services. We are proud of our City’s historic agreement with the Bayview community which aims to lessen the environmental and social impacts of the plant by providing residents with educational and job opportunities through the Southeast Community Facility and Greenhouses. We also use our work to upgrade our City’s aging sewer system - through our Sewer System Improvement Program - as an opportunity to ensure that the Bayview is benefiting from our presence in the community.
Over the years, our Southeast Community Facility and Greenhouses have supported a healthy and vibrant Bayview by providing residents and families with youth programs, college courses, job training and career opportunities and access to recreational activities. As we upgrade our wastewater treatment plant, we’re working closely with the Southeast Facility Commission and the Bayview community to upgrade the community facility and greenhouses while improving programming. We value community input and look forward to collaborating with local leaders and residents to ensure the new facilities and services enhance the fabric of the neighborhood.
A Snapshot of Southeast Investments:
- About 1,400 young people participate in internships and other work-based learning opportunities each year through SFPUC and our public, private and nonprofit community partners. Nearly half of these students come from District 10 neighborhoods.
- Our citywide Drink Tap stations provide access to clean drinking water and are located at Bayview Gateway Park, Willie Brown Middle School and Malcolm X Elementary School.
- Our Contractors Assistance Center builds capacity and provides technical/administrative assistance to local small businesses to make them competitive candidates for contracting opportunities around the City and on capital projects like the Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP). To date, nearly 50 contractors have completed a green infrastructure construction training program offered at “the Center.”
Learn more about these investments by exploring our interactive Southeast Map.
At SFPUC, we believe that partnerships with communities and local businesses in the areas we serve not only strengthens our water infrastructure, it also makes our entire system more resilient for future generations. The Sunol Valley is an important part of our water system’s infrastructure. It is the home of crucial water infrastructure that connects the upcountry water supply to our 2.6 million Bay Area customers. Adjacent to our beautiful Sunol Water Temple is our East Bay Corporation Yard, an organic farm, and the Town of Sunol. We are delighted and proud to be able to work with local organizations and entities to engage members of the public of all ages in environmental stewardship.
Engaging our Youth and Young Adults through Environmental Stewardship
In collaboration with our social impact partners, we are proud to take part in the KIDS for the Bay’s Watershed Action Program for Hayward and Sunol area schools. Through this initiative, we will support an Alameda Creek Watershed Action Program for one academic year in three Hayward School classrooms and one Sunol Glen School classroom. During the program, students will engage in hands on watershed learning projects and connect with nature during outdoor field trips. Teachers will also benefit from trainings and continued development of these programs at these schools.
Through the Cal State University East Bay (CSUEB) Freshmen Day of Service, every first year freshmen at CSUEB takes part in a day of volunteer service. SFPUC staff are proud to support such outstanding young people through workdays on the Alameda Creek Watershed. Students learn about integrated pest management, control of invasive species, and the importance of these watershed lands to our water supply.
The Sunol AgPark is a collaborative farm that promotes sustainable agricultural practices, supports beginning and diverse farmers, fosters public education and protects natural resources in the Alameda Creek Watershed. Located on approximately 18 acres of SFPUC land and adjacent to the Sunol Water Temple, the Sunol AgPark is currently home to eight small farmers.
The AgPark hosts many school and community groups each year to promote environmental stewardship and foster a deeper connection between young people and their food and the land that it grows on. The SFPUC contributes monetarily to support the curriculum and the school visits. More than 7,000 students have had field trips there, with an average of 2,000 students visiting each year. The Sunol community plot started in 2012.
We at the SFPUC have been working closely with the representatives from the Town of Sunol, and local, community groups on a future Alameda Creek Watershed Center. The Center will be located adjacent to the Sunol Water Temple and will celebrate the history of people to water and watersheds. When constructed, the Center will be a place to bring students of all ages together to learn about the Alameda Creek Watershed, its natural resources and its role as part of the SFPUC water supply system.