San Francisco has highest lack of plumbing in California, making washing tougher throughout pandemic


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San Francisco has the highest rate of poor quality plumbing of any of California’s 58 counties. This problem, made even more noticeable with hand washing during the coronavirus pandemic, is one of the most effective ways to ward off disease.

Nearly 2% of homes in San Francisco lack plumbing, more than four times those in Los Angeles, according to an analysis by the impartial Public Policy Institute of California.

The San Francisco-based institute sourced its data from the American Community Survey conducted by the US Census Bureau.

The survey found that more than 6,300 California homes have no hot and cold water, no bathtub or shower, or no flush toilet.

After San Francisco, the three counties with the worst plumbers are: Shasta, Yolo, and Humboldt.

These three counties are lacking hot and cold tap water at the highest rates, while urban counties of San Francisco, Alameda, and Los Angeles typically lack a shower or bath, according to the survey.

The California county with the best plumbing is Napa County, where only 0.11% of homes lack proper plumbing.

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