Photo of the Week: Pulgas Water Temple

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This photo was hard to take. Not because it’s so hard to frame the picture right or that you have to use a special technique. No! The problem here is just finding time to get here. It’s an off the beaten path location and the opening hours are far from favorable for most of the people.
You can only visit from Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The remote location on the peninsula doesn’t make that any easier as well. The I-280 interstate is not too far, but it’s hard to get off work in time to drive to the Pulgas Water Temple with some time left to spare and enjoy.

This place is very famous among wedding photographers and I can see why. The area itself is not very huge. There is the water temple with its pool in front o fit and a small loop pather around it.

Pulgas Water Temple is a monument to the engineering marvel that brought Hetch Hetchy water from the 160 miles away Sierre Nevada Mountains to the Bay Area.

It took about 24 years to complete this project to bring water from the mountains to the city. On October 28, 1934, the first water flew through the Pulgas Water Temple and greeting San Franciscans with high-quality drinking water.

The temple was designed in the Beaux-Arts style by William Merchant and the inscription above the column reads “I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people.”

Below some more photos of the area. Have you been there or do you think about going there? It’s a very peaceful place and usually not crowded if there is no event going on. As I said it’s hard to get the time to visit. I would go there more often if they would adjust the opening times better to the public.

There are a few more sites related to the water supply of San Francisco and the recycling of the wastewater. For example, take a free tour of the San Francisco Public Utilities Council Headquarter in Downtown San Francisco or visit the Sunol Water Temple (currently closed for renovation). There is even a way to take a tour of a wastewater treatment plant. Well, this might not be for everyone but if you are into stuff like this, it’s great that there are free ways to do so. I would consider all of this things off the beaten path destinations in and around San Francisco.

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