San Francisco potable water hydrant program launched
By Brigid Gaffikin, Bay City News Service
April 4, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Franciscans looking for potable
water in the event of a major earthquake will be able to turn
to 60 specially marked water hydrants across the city, under a
program that will be launched today by city officials.
Under the new emergency drinking water program, the water hydrants
connected to major water mains throughout the city will be adorned
with a blue water drop, according to San Francisco Public Utilities
Commission spokesman Tony Winnicker.
Joined by SFPUC General Manager Susan Leal and San Francisco
fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, Mayor Gavin Newsom will paint the
first blue water drop on a hydrant at the corner of Liberty and
Church streets, near Dolores Park.
The launch site is just a short block from the so-called "golden
fire hydrant," at Church and 20th streets, which is credited
with helping stem the fire that roared through San Francisco after
the April 1906 quake.
Today's launch site also makes sense because in the event of
a major earthquake or other disaster Dolores Park would probably
serve as an emergency gathering point, Winnicker said.
At the gathering, Newsom also discuss the city's other plans
to ensure safe drinking water is available after a major disaster.
Winnicker said the SFPUC is going to promote public awareness
of the emergency drinking water hydrants with a map that highlights
all the hydrants and a fold-up brochure that will be given away
at community events, like the many activities this month commemorating
the 1906 earthquake.
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