SFPUC RECEIVES $2.9 MILLION FEMA GRANT
By Laurie Isola, Bay City News Service
February 7, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The San Francisco Public Utilities
Commission has received a $2.9 million hazard mitigation grant
from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for two water pipeline
Funds from the Pre-Disaster Mitigation competitive grant program
will support a project to protect a critical utility system for
the San Francisco Bay Area by installing isolation valves on two
water pipelines on either side of the Hayward Fault, the federal
agency reported today.
According to the agency, the pipelines are an essential link
in the commission's water delivery system, which serves San Francisco
and 29 neighboring cities.
The new design automatically senses fault ruptures and pipe breaks
and initiates rapid closure of the isolation valves to prevent
FEMA's grant funds state, tribal and local government pre-disaster
mitigation plans and projects. All applications are reviewed,
then ranked and evaluated by a national panel.
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