San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)

SFWPS-Vert-4cThe San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) provides retail drinking water and wastewater services to the City, wholesale water to three Bay Area counties, and green hydroelectric and solar power to our municipal departments.  Our mission is to provide our customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that is inclusive of environmental and community interests, and that sustains the resources entrusted to our care.

Wastewater Enterprise
Over 900 miles of combined sewer system pipes and facilities create a “city under the City” for SF’s sewage and stormwater to journey through as it is pumped, treated, and discharged 365 days a year. But many parts of this system are aging and in need of upgrades.  After eight years of public input and feedback, along with in-depth analysis of long-term sewer capital projects, we are now moving forward with a program to upgrade, replace, and seismically retrofit this aging sewer system. The Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP), is a 20-year citywide effort to upgrade failing infrastructure and ensure the reliability and performance of our sewer system, now and in the future.

Green Infrastructure 

Phase One of the SSIP will construct, monitor, and evaluate eight green infrastructure projects known as the Early Implementation Projects, to manage stormwater before it enters our combined sewer system in each of San Francisco’s eight urban watersheds. Green infrastructure projects will take advantage of a set of engineered, sustainable stormwater management tools that slow down, clean, and re-route stormwater to keep it from overwhelming the City’s sewer system.

Green Infrastructure Construction, Inspection and Maintenance Training

GI training on construction, inspection and maintenance will be available for eligible San Francisco and Bay Area residents in 2017. Please contact Mike Adamow at for information on current and future trainings.

Exam Information

The NGICP exam will be administered in San Francisco in 2017 for candidates that complete the GI training referenced above. Details on the location(s) for the exam will be available here as soon as they are confirmed. Please check back for updates.


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February 6, 2017