Public input sought on new $1.2 billion wastewater plant in SF 

Replacing the tanks where wastewater from most of The City's toilets flow will cost $1.2 billion. But exactly where the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission plans to place the new tanks is still an open question.

The public is being asked to offer answers to that question Jan. 24, when the SFPUC will solicit suggestions at a public open house.

SFPUC representatives will be on hand at the Southeast Community Facility at 1800 Oakdale Ave. in the Bayview to hear from the public, which can also win prizes by offering questions to the SFPUC ahead of time on the SFWater Facebook page.

The open house runs from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The bigger of The City's two wastewater treatment plants -- and the smellier of the two plants since it is the only one in which wastewater treatment tanks are open and not enclosed -- is the Southeast Treatment Plant off Oakdale Avenue.

The plant was built in 1952 and much of the technology there dates from the 1940s, according to the SFPUC. In addition to a seismic retrofit, improvements are expected to deal with the plant's notorious odor.

Design is expected to last until 2017. Construction is slated to begin in 2018 and run until 2022.

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Chris Roberts has worked as a reporter in San Francisco since 2008, with an emphasis on city governance and politics, The City’s neighborhoods, race, poverty and the drug war.
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