Friday, April 11, 2014

Vote in the Rain Barrel Contest

As part of Virginia’s ”Build a Barrel - Save the Bay” program, the city of Richmond Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is asking the public to vote for their favorite rainbarrel decorated by city of Richmond Public Elementary schools 5th graders. The categories are
  • Most Creative
  • Most Outrageous
  • Tells the Best Environmental Story
Deadline for voting is Friday, April 25 at Noon. 
Winning barrels will be on display and announced at the Earth Day Festival at the 17th Street Farmers Market in Shockoe Bottom, April 26.
Stop by the DPU Stormwater booth for more information about DPU’s Stormwater Utility.
At the end of the contest, each rain barrel will be donated to a city of Richmond resident living in Bellemeade or the Goodes Creek neighborhood. 
Rain barrels have benefits. Here are just a few: 

  • Free irrigation for your lawn and garden
  • Reduction of harmful runoff into rivers, streams and lakes
  • Save money on water bills (garden and lawn irrigation accounts for 40 percent of residential water use during the summer according to the Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Rainwater is better for plants and soil
  • Homeowners can save 1,300 gallons of water during growing season
  • Provides an alternate water source for lawn and garden during periods of water restrictions or drought
  • Reduce the amount of water that must undergo wastewater treatment 

Friday, March 28, 2014

March Utility Talk Delayed

Due to a printing and processing delay, the March issue of Utility Talk will be distributed in the April utility bills. All the information is still relevant and valuable.

If you're eager to see it, you can read it now online here.

Monday, February 24, 2014

1900 Block Grove Avenue Green Alley Project

Meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m., Binford Middle School auditorium

This green alley project will address ponding that occurs within the alley after rains and runs off onto adjacent properties. The alley runs between N. Granby Street and N. Meadow Street, between Grove and Hanover avenues.

Green alleys provide a porous surface of permeable, interlocking concrete pavers that allow rainwater to soak in rather than run off.

Project Schedule: Construction planned for summer 2014, requiring 30-45 days to complete.
Property owners will be notified prior to construction start. Alley will be closed to vehicles and pedestrian traffic during construction. Equipment will be in the alley during the duration. Existing vegetation will be removed and replaced with grass seed. Supercans and trash will be accommodated. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Wanna Hear Some Dirty Words?

“Wanna Hear a Dirty Word?” DPU Stormwater Public Education Campaign kicks off today. 
Designed to bring public attention to the issues caused by polluted stormwater runoff, the city of Richmond Department of Public Utilities airs three spots that tells the public how to be part of the solution by being good stewards of our environment. Pollution is everyone’s issue, but it’s an easy fix. The three core messages of the city’s stormwater campaign are “Only Rain In the Drain,” “Pick Up the Poop,” and “Fertilize In the Fall.”

Friday, January 24, 2014

Sussex Street Sanitary Sewer Project

The Sussex Street Sanitary Sewer Project will impact residents of Whitcomb Court housing development for up to a year, involving road closures, noise during the day, and changes in GRTC and school bus stops.

Hospital Street to Wood Street - January-March 2014
Wood and Whitcomb streets to Alley to Whitcomb streets, March-June 2014
Whitcomb to Bethel streets, June-September 2014
Carmine Street to the rear of the RRHA building, September-November 2014

The project is rerouting the sewer main that currently runs under the abandoned landfill north of Whitcomb Court by rerouting it from behind the RRHA Whitcomb Court community office and tying it into the sewer main at the intersection of Sussex and Hospital streets.

The sewer will be installed using a conventional open trench method from the community office to the corner of Sussex and Carmine, and at that point change to a jack-and-bore method because of the needed depth.

The jack-and-bore method is done by tunneling through the ground and installing pipe along the way, requiring deep pits, big enough for machinery and crew to operate, be dug in the road. Because of the size of the pits, sections of Sussex from Whitcomb to Hospital will have to be closed to traffic for four to six months, and Sussex to Whitcomb to Bethel for two to three months after that. The project starts at Hospital Street and works back toward Carmine Street.

People who normally park along Sussex will have to find another place to park for several months.

The work will involve impact hammers, continuously running water pumps, generators, backhoes, excavators, dump trucks, and cranes and there will be noise from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Residents will experience periodic disruptions of gas, water or sewer services, but will receive advance notice when these will happen.

GRTC and school bus stops will be temporarily moved. Sidewalks in front of residences on Sussex will be closed. Residents living along Sussex will need to access their homes through a rear entrance while the project is ongoing.