S.F. Pays Wealthy Area’s Water Bill for 113 Years

Updated: May 22, 2018


Homeowners who live in the wealthy San Francisco neighborhood of Presidio Terrace have been using up to 1 million gallons of city water to maintain trees, walkways and flower beds along their private street, without paying city water fees.


San Francisco water officials said they have no record of ever billing the Presidio Terrace Homeowners Association for its water use for the entire 113 years of its existence. Public Works General Manager Mohammed Nuru said the lack of billing “looks like that one just fell through the cracks.”

According to city Public Utilities Commission records, since 2007 the street used 12.3 million gallons of water. The annual cost to taxpayers has varied from $2,716 in 2009 to $11,208 in 2017. The total over roughly 10 years was $59,548. (Source: San Francisco Chronicle, April 3.)

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