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What is the Emergency Firefighting Water System?
The Emergency Firefighting Water System is an independent high-pressure water supply system dedicated to fire protection and suppression. It was installed in 1913 in response to the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906 and consists of a 135-mile pipeline network, a high-elevation reservoir with two large-capacity tanks, two pumping stations, three fireboats and underground water storage tanks (cisterns).
Scope of work
ESER 2014 builds on the work started by ESER 2010 and continues improvements and seismic upgrades to the various, vital components of the Emergency Firefighting Water System. Funding is allocated to repair, replace, and extend system components to increase the ability to provide adequate water for fire-fighting purposes following a major earthquake and during multiple-alarm fires from other causes, including repairs and upgrades to core facilities, cisterns, and pipelines and tunnels.
Since the passage of ESER 2010, the City has implemented projects to increasingly improve the Emergency Firefighting Water System’s seismic reliability and range of coverage. With previous ESER funds, critical reliability upgrades were made at the three primary water sources: Twin Peaks Reservoir, Ashbury Heights Tank and Jones Street Tank. Upgrades also were made to Seawater Pump Station #1, which is one of the secondary sources of water for the system. Structural and seismic upgrades to Seawater Pump Station #2 began in late 2018 and are estimated to be complete in 2020. Bond funds also paid for the construction of 30 new cisterns, 15 of which are located in the Sunset and Richmond districts, and used to improve and expand the water system’s pipelines and tunnels. Six pipeline and tunnel projects have been completed to date, with seven more currently in planning, design or construction.