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Formalizing a New Way of Thinking

The SFPUC realized the benefits of merging multiple resources to accomplish innovative projects for many years. One example is the constructed wetland and rainwater harvesting system located at the SFPUC Headquarters Building at 525 Golden Gate Avenue. This system saves potable water, reduce stress on the wastewater system during heavy rains, and serves as a model for decentralized reuse throughout San Francisco. Similarly, SFPUC’s Solar Energy and Resource Recovery programs help harness resources that would otherwise not be utilized, and put them to beneficial reuse.

While reviewing the successful outcomes of these innovative projects and programs, SFPUC General Manager, Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. recognized that this way of thinking was expanding. To build on this momentum, General Manager Kelly asked staff to formalize a new thought process – OneWaterSF - that could be shared across the SFPUC. 

Establishing a Vision for OneWaterSF

In October 2016 SFPUC staff kicked off OneWaterSF by publishing the OneWaterSF Vision. This document defines the Vision and Guiding Principles, which serve as the foundation for developing and implementing projects and programs that advance OneWaterSF.

OneWater SF Vision

With our OneWaterSF approach, San Francisco will optimize the use of our finite water and energy resources to balance community and ecosystem needs, creating a more resilient and reliable future.

The OneWaterSF Vision encourages staff to provide greater water and energy resource resiliency and reliability, create opportunities to optimize water infrastructure, and contribute to the livability and sustainability of San Francisco and the environment.

OneWater SF 2020

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Our accomplishments and a look toward the future. Our OneWaterSF 2020 brochure reviews our many accomplishments and provides a vision for the future.

OneWaterSF 2019

Creating a Path Forward

The goal of OneWaterSF is to expand implementation, so that ultimately, the OneWaterSF Vision and Guiding Principles are considered in all SFPUC efforts. During the course of 2018, the OneWaterSF team shared progress on the implementation of the both 2017 and 2018 Initiatives and SFPUC projects that embody the Guiding Principles.

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Last updated: 9/4/2020 3:46:57 PM