San Francisco city officials asked residents Friday to cut back on their water usage.
After Gov. Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency for California’s drought last week, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is asking customers to cut back water usage by ten percent.
As state water officials consider a drought declaration, Bay Area water officials continue to call for water conservation.
The Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park is 84 percent contained Monday with full containment expected Friday, fire officials said. Meanwhile, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission said it will take several months before the Hetch Hetchy water and power system is fully restored.
The cost of repairing San Francisco’s Hetchy Hetchy water and power system damaged in the Yosemite-area Rim Fire is now estimated at $20 to 30 million by San Francisco’s Public Utilities Commission.
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission officials said Wednesday that the city’s water supply in the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir is still unaffected by the massive Rim Fire that continues to burn in and around Yosemite National Park.
The massive Rim Fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park has reached the area surrounding the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, which provides water to San Francisco residents, city utility officials said Tuesday.
A raging wildfire in Yosemite National Park rained ash on the reservoir that is the chief source of San Francisco’s famously pure drinking water, and utility officials Monday scrambled to send more water toward the metropolitan area before it becomes tainted.
Hundreds of firefighters were digging trenches, clearing brush and starting back blazes to keep the so-called Rim Fire raging north of Yosemite National Park out of several mountain hamlets.
San Francisco’s supply of water and electricity remained safe Sunday as a forest fire continued to burn out of control near Yosemite National Park and the Bay Area’s Hetch Hetchy water source, fire and utility officials said.