Fire + Water, SF Doesn’t Have Enough Emergency Water

Photo by Greta Mart. The Mission District appears to be one neighborhood that does have enough water for an emergency.

In a new investigation on the city’s emergency water supply, the Chronicle has found that the city’s many  parts of the city will be unable to deal with multiple fires like the one earlier this month at China Basin.

The Fire Department has enough emergency resources to battle three big fires like the one this month that destroyed a Mission Bay apartment building under construction. But if more fires than that break out in areas with no access to the backup water supply system – a fearsome likelihood in the aftermath of a major earthquake – there probably won’t be enough emergency equipment to put them all out. READ MORE

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  1. John

    We’re surrounded by water. Just pump in water from the Bay or the Ocean. Salt water is fine for putting out fires.

    • dave glasser

      Read the article. The problem is not quantity of water; it’s the ability to get it to the right place after an earthquake.

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