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City residents, institutions, and the business community depend upon reliable, flexible, and cost-effective infrastructure to ensure that existing homes and businesses have efficient utility services and that desired growth can be accommodated. Several public, quasi-public, and private infrastructure service providers maintain the systems that support urban uses: the water supply system that provides high quality and reliable drinking water from the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System, the sewer system that collects and treats sewage from homes and businesses in the wastewater treatment facility, the storm drain system that reduces urban flooding by moving stormwater runoff to waterways, the natural gas and electric lines that heat and cool our homes, and the telecommunications infrastructure that keeps us connected. We expect these systems to function without interruption, and the only time we really notice them at all is when they do not work, which is rare. This can be attributed to the attention paid to keep infrastructure in Burlingame up to date and to improve systems so that local businesses remain cutting edge and competitive.

This Infrastructure Element establishes goals and policies focused on the efficient and reliable provision of utilities and infrastructure throughout Burlingame sufficient to support the planned level of growth and economic development goals. This element addresses:

  • Efficient and Sustainable Municipal Operations
  • Water Delivery and Supply
  • Wastewater
  • Stormwater Drainage and Flood Control
  • Solid Waste and Recycling
  • Energy
  • Telecommunications