San Francisco's vision for the Future: An Integrated Urban Wastewater Management Plan

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The City and County of San Francisco ( “City” ) embarked on a 30 year master planning process in part prompted by public concerns related to the neighborhood impacts of the Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant (SEP). The Sewer System Master Plan, as it is called, developed a long term Integrated Urban Watershed Management Plan for the City's treatment plants and collection system. This paper will focus on the planning framework and public input to the process, particularly as it relates to proposed changes to the SEP. The resulting improvements address issues of replacing aging infrastructure, eliminating odor emissions, and visually screening the treatment plants that are situated within an urban setting. The recommended plan addresses the needed repair of the existing infrastructure, and proposes that the City moves to an integrated urban watershed approach, initially through localized rainwater harvesting and opportunistic water reclamation.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2008

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