SF's water system needs to be repaired

January 23, 2009 7:58:00 PM PST
A report issued on Friday concludes that San Francisco's emergency water system, nearly a century old now, needs a major overhaul.

The system, designed to supply water for fighting fires after an earthquake, needs $100 million in upgrades to tanks, pump stations and pipelines.

It was originally built after The Great 1906 Quake, when dozens of fires erupted and the city burned for days because firefighters had no access to water.

The emergency system is separate, and much stronger, than the city's regular water system and draws salt water directly from the bay.