Filoli closes at 3:30 and our dinner reservations were at 5:00, so with the extra time, we went just a couple of miles down the road to the Pulgas Water Temple.
This was constructed in 1938 to celebrate the arrival of Hetch Hetchy water to San Francisco. The water actually arrived on October 28, 1934. The Hetch Hetchy Dam Project in Yosemite National Park was started in 1913 after the 1906 earthquake tragically demonstrated the inadequacy of the city’s water system.
Because the dam and reservoir were to be built in a National Park, the Sierra Club was formed to protest this. Many people still believe that the dam should be removed, the reservoir drained, and the Hetch Hetchy valley returned to its natural state. However, it is acknowledged it might be decades or even centuries before the valley could be returned to natural conditions, and re-opened to tourism and recreation.
Meanwhile, San Francisco and Bay Area residents have some of the best drinking water in the country, and the water temple is a great place to relax on a nice afternoon.