Pumping Stations Renewed

Issue 11 and Volume 128.

Pumping Stations Renewed Two San Francisco Fire Department seawater pumping stations that have never pumped for a fire since they were built 63 years ago, will undergo a $1.7-million modernization. The stations were built six years after the 1906 earthquake to ensure a water supply for fire fighting if another disaster damaged the city’s water system. The steam boilers and turbines operating the pumps will be replaced by diesel engines, which can be started quickly and automatically. The modernization will also reduce the manpower at each station from two engineers to one at all times.

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