Wondering how technology is a part of all this? Well currently, the City cannot monitor in real-time the flow of water as it comes through SFPUC's meter valves. After the project is completed, City engineers will be able to do this through the SCADA, or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, computer at City Hall. Inside the vault stations, new valves and pipes will also be installed. Valves are necessary components of any water system, and these will be specially fitted with sensors which are able to respond to changes in water pressure or flow by opening or closing the valve.
So there you have it. Technology's playing a part by the SCADA computer being able to "talk" to the valves from a remote location (City Hall), by closing and opening them, and the valves will be able to "talk back" to the SCADA computer by passing along data which the engineers at City Hall will use to closely monitor water quality, flow, and pressure.
There will be 4 more site investigations taking place today, next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to see where the existing facilities are located. See below for the schedule and the approximate locations of where they'll be digging:
- Thursday September 30th - Friday October 1st | 100 San Francisco Ave.
- Monday October 4th - Tuesday October 5th | 11 San Bruno Ave. @ San Francisco Ave.
- Tuesday October 5th - Wednesday October 6th | 1150 San Bruno Ave. @ Bayshore Blvd.
- Wednesday October 6th - Thursday October 7th | Main Street