Areas impacted by Grand Jury report include parts of District 7. From SF Examiner. Source: https://www.sfexaminer.com/news/report-large-parts-of-sf-not-adequately-protected-from-fires-after-major-earthquake
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Report: Large parts of SF ‘not adequately protected’ from fires after major earthquake
Civil grand jury urges expansion of emergency firefighting water system
Sep. 22, 2019 1:30 a.m.
San Francisco’s high-pressure fire-fighting water system protects some of the densest neighborhoods but large parts of The City are not covered by it, leaving residents “inadequately protected” from blazes after a major earthquake.
A recent civil grand jury report, “Act Now Before It Is Too Late: Aggressively Expand and Enhance Our High-Pressure Emergency Firefighting Water System,” raised the alarm about the lack of coverage for neighborhoods like the Sunset, Richmond and Bayview.
Stephen Garber, who served on the civil grand jury, said that “to have large areas of The City not adequately protected is simply wrong.”
“This is not a new issue. The City has known about it for years. We are not criticizing anybody in the past, but the question is how quickly can we act and what can we do now,” Garber said during Thursday’s Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee hearing on the report.
The Auxiliary Water Supply System, also known as the Emergency Firefighting Water System, dates back to 1913 and was installed in response to the fire following the Great Earthquake of 1906. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission operates the independent system, which delivers water at high pressures, comprising 135 miles of pipeline and 150 cisterns. Continue reading “SF Examiner: ‘Report: Large parts of SF “not adequately protected” from fires after major earthquake’”