As the director of water resources for the San Francisco Public
Utilities Commission, Paula Kehoe is responsible for diversifying San
Francisco’s water supply portfolio though the development and
implementation of conservation, groundwater, desalination, and recycled
water projects. Kehoe is also responsible for preparing local ordinances
to increase water conservation requirements and to encourage the use of
alternate water sources. She previously served as the assistant to the
general manager and contributed to the development of the SFPUC’s $4.6
billion capital improvement program designed to rebuild and repair the
third-largest water delivery system in California. For more than seven
years, she served as public education director for San Francisco’s Water
Pollution Prevention Program receiving six state and national award,
including the Water Environment Federation’s Public Education Award and
Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies’ National Public Education
How can we continue to meet our water needs? Rethinking water use from all building sources and examining alternative water supplies is key, says Paula Kehoe of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is exploring a number of programs to expand its water sources both residentially and commercially. Could other states benefit from their lessons learned?