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Environmental Health

Helpful Links

San Francisco Health Code:

Article 12A Backflow

Article 12B Borings & Wells

Article 12C Alternate Water

Article 15 Pools and spas

California Codes

Title 17 Chapter 5

Pool Codes

Other Websites

CDC's Healthy Swimming

SFPUC Beach Water Quality

CA Dept Water Resources

Related Documents

Well Definitions

Non-Potable Rules and Regs (pdf)

Water Document Archive

SFDPH Fee Schedule

Water Quality Program.

The goal of the Water Quality Program is to ensure safe water for recreational, nonpotable and potable uses. Unsafe water can lead to a bacterial or viral infection, particularly in vulnerable populations such as young children. Maintaining safe conditions in recreational swimming pools and spas helps prevent drowning and the spread of infectious diseases.



Principal Water Program Activities and Services

Cross Connection

  SFHC 12A: Cross Connection Control Program and Backflow Assembly Tester Certification--Preventing contamination of drinking water by unprotected connections to other water sources


  SFHC 12B: Construction/Destruction Permits, applications, and information on regulation of wells and soil borings


  SFHC 12C: Alternate Water Source Systems and Nonpotable Projects for on-site treatment and reuse of alternate water types including rainwater, stormwater, foundation drainage, graywater, and blackwater

Swimming Pools and Spas

  SFHC 15: Applications, permits and information on regulation of swimming pools and spas


  Collaborative work with San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to monitor beach water quality


  Bay Area Cryptosporidiosis Surveillance Project -- Active laboratory surveillance for confirmed cryptosporidiosis in the counties served by SFPUC.



Related Agencies

Department of Public Works

Department of Building Inspection

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission




Making a Complaint

If you would like to make a complaint regarding water permits, you may call 311.

311 City Customer Service Agency - Service 24x7

San Francisco Department of Public Health Environmental Health Branch