News Archive


Roseville launches ‘Sustain the Gains’ landscape makeover contest
News ImageEnvironmental Utilities launched Sustain the Gains, a landscape makeovercontest designed to encourage continued efficient water use. Thewinning Roseville water customer will have their front yard re-imaginedand transformed into a low-water-use landscape.

Recycling commercial food waste
News ImageOur Solid Waste Utility operates a specially designed commercial organicwaste collection truck that stops three times a week at Nugget Market,each time collecting at least two cubic yards of food waste. For thenext few years, the Solid Waste Utility will keep Nugget’s food wasteout of landfills by transporting it to an anaerobic digester inSacramento, where it will be converted to natural gas and also used to create compost.


Bud’s Dry Cleaning is Drier than Ever
News ImageBud’s Dry Cleaning replaced inefficient water-cooling equipment with anefficient water recycling and cooling system nearly two years ago,lowering its water use by an estimated 3.6 million gallons per year.That’s the amount of water typically used each year by 24 Rosevillehouseholds of four

2016 water quality report now available
News ImageRoseville water customers enjoy the highest quality water service, meeting or exceeding all state and federal drinking water quality standards. Each year, we publish a water quality report to give an overview of our water quality during the past year, including testing results and other information.


Tips for a water-wise summer
News ImageAlthough we have seen record-breaking rainfall and considerable amounts of snow in the Sierra Nevada, efficient water use should resume. Summer officially begins June 21, and we’ve got some great tips on how to have a beautiful landscape that is also uses water wisely.

Yellowjackets and other social wasps
News ImageThis time of year when we venture outside to picnic, BBQ, fish, gardenor just sit and enjoy the backyard, we might notice there are someunwanted creatures buzzing around sharing our space.

Wettest year on record
News ImageThe wettest winter in Northern California history resulted in more than190 percent of normal snow levels in the Sierra Nevada. The finalCalifornia Snow Survey this spring indicated a water-rich snowpack.Simply put: we have ample snow on the Sierra Mountains which will equateto more run off into the lake. As the snowpack melts, water flows intoour rivers and reservoirs, where it’s stored and used until winterreturns.


Pleasant Grove wastewater plant undergoes expansion
News ImageYour Roseville utilities help purify millions of gallons of wastewater every day at two treatment facilities. This infrastructure ensures that when you flush the toilet, do a load of laundry or take a shower, that water is treated before it enters Roseville’s creeks. Work is underway right now on a multimillion dollar expansion project to increase the treatment capacity at the Pleasant Grove Wastewater Treatment Plant (PGWWTP).

Sprinkler spruce up
News ImageTake time to get your sprinkler system ready for duty this summer by doing a sprinkler spruce-up.

New water supply project underway in West Roseville
News ImageAs growth continues in the west portion of the city, EnvironmentalUtilities is fulfilling its goal of providing reliable utility servicesby initiating a water infrastructure project in West Roseville.

Roseville’s water wise rebates remain
News ImageEnvironmental Utilities still has funding available for water efficiency rebates. Residential and business customers that are looking to save water should consider these rebate opportunities because funding for this year is still available until June 30. These rebates translate into money saved during the conversion and afterwards as you begin to save money on reduced water usage.

Long-range planning helps Roseville now and into the future
News ImageWhen you turn the tap for water, flush your toilet, or pull the garbage can out for pick-up, these essential utility services started with a thoughtful plan years ago to identify system requirements and funding needs to keep those services going.

Watering right this winter
News ImageBy now, you’ve augmented your outdoor watering schedule to account for shorter, cooler days and possible rainfall, right? And, now you’re wondering how to continue your water saving ways indoors, right?


Got a clog? Problem solved!
News ImageYour sewer system is very much like your water heater - you don't think about it much, until it stops working. Sewers are often taken for granted - out of sight, out of mind - until the out of sight part stops working. Call us first so that, together, we can figure out the next step.

Weather-based irrigation timer rebate now available
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One of the easiest things to reduce water use is by having a watering schedule that matches the seasons. Fall is in full effect which translates into cooler, shorter days. And with a wet October -- and hopefully more rain in the coming months -- you can let Mother Nature do the watering.



Bug of the Month: Leaffooted Bug
News ImageWhen you are inspecting your garden this summer, you will find many interesting things to observe. One insect you may notice is a strange looking bug that can be over one-inch long and has an unusual appendage on its legs that looks like a leaf is attached. This bug is called the Leaffooted Bug, and it can do some damage to tomatoes, pomegranates, citrus and other ripe fruit. The damage is caused when this insect pierces the skin of ripe fruit and inserts a large sucking mouth part to the extract the juices.

Five staffers with highest state certification in water distribution
News ImageUnderneath Roseville is an intricate distribution system that allows water to move from Folsom Lake through miles of piping before it reaches customers’ taps. The distribution system includes water mains, service lines, water meters, fire hydrants, backflow devices, and groundwater wells—all necessary infrastructure to keep highly treated and safe water flowing so that customers have it when needed.

Managing mosquitos this summer
News ImageThe mosquito is an insect that can ruin a meal on the patio or make an evening walk unbearable or even dangerous. This bug is probably the most dangerous insect on the planet. It transmits disease, breeds rapidly in very little water, lives in many different climates around the world, and is enemy number one for many countries that are trying to control serious diseases.


Organics commercial recycling starts up this year
News ImageNew this year is a requirement for commercial businesses, like restaurants, coffee shops, and other places that generate food waste, to source separate organic waste from regular trash.


Two utility projects win top honors
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Two Environmental Utilities (EU) infrastructure projects and the staff that managed them were among other regional projects that received top notch awards at the Sacramento Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers ceremony held at the Crocker Art Museum in May.



Ditching lawn for something more water wise
News ImageEnvironmental Utilities (EU) customers are doing an amazing job lowering their water use through conservation programs. Roseville residents Jere and Lako Myers last year participated in EU’s highly successful Cash for Grass program.

Economic prosperity and water supply planning
News ImageRoseville is a progressive city, focused on providing services to our community for a smart, sustainable future. Part of that future includes recent gains in economic development as our economy recovers from the Great Recession-- all the while facing an unprecedented several years of drought conditions. A telltale sign of economic recovery is increased commercial and housing growth, not only in Roseville, but throughout the greater Sacramento region and statewide. We often get asked, what are we doing to ensure there is enough water to support existing and future customers.

To flush or not to flush?
News ImageJust because the package reads “flushable” doesn’t mean it’s true. Items marked as disposable or flushable do not degrade like toilet paper, and they wind up clogging pipes, lift stations and creating havoc during the wastewater treatment process. This translates into millions in clean up and repair costs.

Lab manager receives analyst of the year award
News ImageSome might not know that the City has a lab staffed with seven employees with the primary goal of testing water quality. Located at the Dry Creek and Pleasant Grove Wastewater Treatment Plants, lab workers collect samples from several sites, testing drinking water, domestic and industrial wastewater, stormwater and recycled water to ensure they’re in regulatory compliance. You also might not know that laboratory manager Kim Spear, a 25-year-employee with EU's water quality lab, is a recent winner for Laboratory Analyst of the Year from the Sacramento Area Section California Water Environment Association (CWEA).

Roseville's wastewater collection group gets top notch award
News ImageMany don’t think of their wastewater collection system because it’s infrastructure that is usually out of sight. Deep below our city is an intricate network of sewer pipes and laterals that equate to about 735 miles—the same distance as three and a half roundtrips from Roseville to San Francisco.

Continue the water saving trend in 2016
News ImageThe Sacramento region reduced water use by 30 percent in 2015. For Roseville, it was a whopping 33 percent! Now that we have begun a new year, lets continue the great work. Not sure if your New Year's resolution including saving water but get our top four things you can do to continue the water saving trend!

Don’t trash hot ashes
News ImageHot ashes and plastic trash bins don’t mix. One of the ways you can play it safe is ensuring that fireplace ashes, cigar and cigarette butts, or barbecue coals are completely extinguished before they’re placed in the trash.

Saving water indoors this winter
News ImageNow that winter is upon us, outdoor watering usually is reduced to little or none at all. Mother Nature has us covered since it's cooler and also because there is moisture in the air that helps keep landscapes thriving. So, how can you save water still? Easy--focus on indoor use.

Give your sprinklers a holiday
News ImageWith the cooler weather, your landscapes might not need as much water, and when it's raining, they don't need to be watered at all. Adjust your sprinkler timer now to reduce run times, consider shutting it down entirely during the winter, or remember to turn it off when it is raining.

Feedback wanted as Roseville develops new utility billing system
News ImageWe’re in process of revamping our customer information system used for utility billing services. This multi-year project started last year and is set to go live next fall. We’re excited about the new change because it means improved services for you, the customer.

Five water saving things you can do this fall and winter
News ImageHere are five things you can do as we work our way through fall and as winter months approach.

Senior engineer by day. Humanitarian always.
News ImageBy day, George Hanson is a senior engineer in Environmental Utilities and currently serving as project manager on a multimillion dollar expansion of the Pleasant Grove Waste Water Treatment plant.

City continues to provide water to Linda Creek
Despite the fourth year of a drought, the City continues to release potable water to both Linda Creek and Tree Lake Village. Last Wednesday, Environmental Utilities Director, Rich Plecker, provided an update on situation at the City Council meeting on August 19.

Changing your car’s motor oil just got easier
News ImageAfter a do-it-yourself motor oil change, what do you do with the used oil and filter?

Mosquitoes and the Drought
News ImageWith California’s current historical drought, there are many misconceptions floating around about how residents should store water and handle pools and fountains to contribute positively to the current state of emergency. The reality is many factors need to be taken into consideration, especially public health risks.

Roseville customers cut water use nearly 40 percent in June
News ImageWater use reduction numbers for June are in and Roseville customers continue to their part by saving 39.12 over 2013 numbers.

Latest water quality report now available
News ImageWe’re pleased to present you with this annual report on city provided drinking water. As in past years, we have complied with all state and federal regulations regarding water quality. The safety and protection of our water system continues as a top priority as we regularly implement vulnerability assessment and security measures.


What the new drought ordinance means to you
News ImageThe news is filled with stories about the drought and new requirements to reduce water use, but what it means on a personal level is not always clear. So here’s the short story on what the new drought ordinance requires of each Roseville household.

Drop-off sites offer another way to recycle
News ImageWhile your One Big Bin (see onebigbin.com) eliminates the need to separate trash from recyclables, you can still take plastic, glass, aluminum, cardboard, newspapers and expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam to one of our convenient drop-off sites.

What we recycle might surprise you
News ImageThe One Big Bin idea brings up a lot of questions. You know that you put all trash into a single container. You know your trash is taken to the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), where machines and people sort through it to pull out recyclables. But do you know what gets recycled—and what doesn’t?

VIDEO: Not your grandparent’s landfill
News ImageOnce upon a time, people simply dug big holes and threw in every kind of trash imaginable. When that hole was full, they dug another one. Today, we’re very careful about how we design and build landfills and are much more cautious about what we throw into them.

Spring planting and your sewer
News ImageWe flush or wash things down the drain and they disappear, right? That’s all most of us know (or want to know) about sewers. But what you don’t know about sewer systems can hurt you. Sewer line backups and overflows are serious health hazards and they’re painfully expensive to clean up. Among the most expensive repairs to a sewer service is from damage caused by tree roots growing inside sewer pipes.

Water use down in March nearly 19 percent
News ImageRoseville customers continue to reduce water use as the state endures a fourth year of a drought. March numbers show that residents and businesses have reduced water use by nearly 19 percent over this time in 2013. Since the start of the year, water consumption in Roseville is down 14.9 percent.

What the lack of Sierra snow means to Roseville
News ImageThink of a glass of water with a full pitcher standing by for refills. That’s a good picture of the relationship between Folsom Reservoir and the Sierra Nevada snowpack before the drought. Rain and runoff from local creeks filled the reservoir during the winter months. As temperatures warmed, the melting snowpack sent down a steady stream of water to refill the lake as more than a half million people used its water for drinking, washing, irrigating, etc. and government agencies released it downstream for the environment.


Roseville school district exchanges turf for water wise landscape
News ImageA Roseville school district recently completed a project that is expected to save a lot of water. Most recently, staff replaced thousands of square feet of turf at the Roseville Joint Union Unified High school District offices on Cirby Way, thanks in part to the City’s Cash for Grass Program.

Beat the leak: Find and stop leaks fast
News ImageSmall drips in your home can quickly add up to many gallons lost. A dripping faucet can waste 15 to 20 gallons a day. A steady leak – from a hole only 1/16th inch in size – can add up to more than 1,000 gallons of water wasted each day.

Customers achieve a more than 20 percent water savings in February
News ImageCustomers took action last month and saved 20.13 percent compared to the same time in 2013. With the recent news of a less-than-stellar snow pack, which is a critical piece to our water supply puzzle, efficient water use is paramount.


Coming your way: Greener Gardens Tour and DIY Expo
News ImageMark your calendars to join the 2015 Roseville Greener Gardens Tour and DIY Expo on Saturday, May 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The self-guided tour begins at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center and features local gardens that showcase some of the region’s best examples of sustainable living.

Groundwater well testing in northwestern Roseville
Environmental Utilities staff is performing equipment testing on two new groundwater wells located on the northwestern portion of the City. This project ensures that our community has a reliable supply of water, especially during a drought, by constructing groundwater wells that will reduce our reliance on surface water supplies from Folsom Lake.

On Wednesday, February 4, we will begin testing and will be completed early next week.

City’s water-quality labs serve vital role
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Most of us never think about what happens after we flush, but there are seven City of Roseville employees who think about it every workday. They work at the city’s water-quality labs, located at the Dry Creek and Pleasant Grove Wastewater Treatment Plants, and it might surprise you to learn that it’s an interesting job.



Rate study underway
We are working on a utility rate study that includes long-term forecasting of operational expenses to determine if the current rates are sufficient to cover the costs of providing water, wastewater treatment, and solid waste services. Once we crunch the numbers, which is real soon, we will ensure that residents and businesses know what the study reveals. Information will be updated on our Rates page.

Roseville City Council votes to support the 2014 Water Bond (Prop 1)
News ImageThe Roseville City Council, at its September 17 meeting, voted unanimously to adopt a support resolution for Proposition 1, a statewide water bond headed to the November 4 ballot for consideration by California’s voters.

Five water saving things you can do this fall and winter
News ImageAs we approach the fall and winter months, her are some things you can do to curb watering your lawn or landscape during the cooler months.


August Savings for Water Conservation Reaches More Than 21 Percent
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The City of Roseville continues to see improvement with water conservation efforts. Residents and business owners reduced their water consumption by 21.26 percent in August and has reached 18.7 percent since the start of the year. Let’s keep up the good work! To meet the community-wide goal of reducing water use by 20 percent, all of us need to continue doing our part.

If you haven’t already, sign up for Roseville’s free WaterInsight Program to get the data you need to make changes in your water usage – www.Roseville.WaterInsight.com.



Utility Payment Scam
A handful of Roseville utility customers reported receiving calls from someone claiming that they were from Roseville Electric, and were on their way to disconnect their electricity due to a late payment. The callers demanded payment in the form of Money Pak card account numbers (cash gift cards) to keep the power on. This is a scam. Please visit the Finance Utility Billing page for more information.

It's Crunch Time. Take 15 minutes to save water.
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It's crunch time!

Hot weather is here and will be here for several more weeks. This normally means increased water usage outside to keep landscapes looking good. But this is certainly not a normal year. We are in the grips of a record-breaking, multi-year drought. Folsom Lake levels are dropping.

You can reduce your outdoor water use significantly in 15 short minutes.



Temporary rate adjustment needed due to drought
Due to increasing costs of securing our water supply and decreasing revenues due to lower water use, the City of Roseville is implementing a temporary 15% rate adjustment in the form of a drought surcharge to be included on water billings as of June 15, 2014.

This adjustment will be applied only to customer's water usage. The cost to the average residential water customer will be about $2.

Roseville announces mandatory 20 percent water use reduction due to persistent drought conditions
News ImageDue to persistent drought conditions, the City of Roseville has announced mandatory water use restrictions of 20 percent for its residential and commercial water customers effective immediately.

The water use reductions also require commercial water customers to reduce their outdoor irrigation by 30 percent, bans the washing of cars without a water nozzle or without going to a commercial car wash, prohibits washing of hardscape surfaces unless for health and safety purposes, and prohibits water waste.

“Although our recent storms were welcome, we are still in a drought and the coming months may prove to be challenging with the record low precipitation and snow pack that we have received,” said Ed Kriz, Environmental Utilities Director.



Groundwater Wells Turned Off
Due to increased precipitation in recent weeks, the City of Roseville has turned off its groundwater wells. They will remain off until further notice.

"Balancing the water supplies we have available from these latest storms against the cost to operate the groundwater wells, we feel we can suspend the use of the wells for now," said Roseville Environmental Utilities Director Ed Kriz.

Saving Water in Your Yard and Home
News ImageAs a community we are facing one of the driest years on record. The water level of Folsom Lake, Roseville's primary water supply source, is at a historic low. Governor Jerry Brown has declared a statewide drought emergency.

To help Roseville achieve sustainability in the upcoming months we are asking our community to voluntarily reduce residential and commercial water use by 20 percent.

Our customers efforts to conserve during these dry times is critical in helping us maintain our already low water supply. Most residents and businesses receive their water from the City of Roseville and the customer links below relate to City water customers. Some Roseville residents in Stoneridge and in a small area north of Stanford Ranch Road and east of Highway 65 receive their water from the Placer County Water Agency, some Roseville residents east of Sierra College Boulevard receive water from San Juan Water District, and some Roseville residents on the border of Citrus Heights receive water from the Citrus Heights Water District. For those customers, please contact those agencies with questions related to your home or business water usage and water-conservation programs they offer to customers.

Here's what you can do to save water.

Placer County’s Materials Recovery Facility featured on KVIE’s Rob on the Road show.
The Materials Recovery Facility, where the material from your One Big Bin, is processed, was recently featured on KVIE's Rob on the Road show. See how recycling happens in Roseville. Watch.

New retail locations for recycling of paint now available in Roseville
News ImageRecycling your leftover paint in California just got much more convenient! Friday, October 19, 2012, marked the first day of California's Paint Stewardship Program, kicking off with 335 retail collection sites, representing almost half of the statewide goal of 750 permanent collection sites in the state approved Paint Stewardship Plan.

PaintCare is the non-profit stewardship organization set-up by the paint producers who will design and operate the collection program.

To find a location in Roseville.... http://www.paintcare.org/california/search-ca.php


See someone taking recyclables from a city recycling bin? Report it. It is a crime.
News ImageRecently, the City of Roseville has seen an increase in recyclable materials being stolen from city recycle bins located at collection points in Roseville. Recyclables collected at these recycle sites generate revenue that helps cover collection and disposal costs; which ultimately helps keep your utility rates low. Stealing recyclables from these bins is against the law and ultimately impacts you, our customers.


Un Cajón de Reciclar Grande. Recogido. Separado. Reciclado.
¿Ha pensado cómo recicla Roseville? ¡Es fácil! Heche sus reciclajes en su bote de basura regular.

Recycling drop-off locations
Did you know that the city of Roseville has drop-off locations for recycling of certain materials. These locations were established so that you have alternatives to recycle in addition to simply placing it in your trash and recycling bin.

A quick update: Roseville’s water supply
News ImageRoseville’s drinking water comes from surface water supplies from Folsom Lake. The Federal Bureau of Reclamation, as part of the Central Valley Project, manages this facility. Every year, the Bureau announces an annual water allocation that describes the amount of water Roseville will receive. Last year, we received 50 percent of normal. This year, the Bureau said that the initial allocation is 25 percent of normal, based on precipitation, snow pack and other factors currently.


State grant funding offsets costs to build two new groundwater pumps
News ImageThe city received $1.1 million grant as part of a larger regional allocation -- more than $10 million -- from the state's Department of Water Resources. These monies are set aside to fund groundwater water projects – something that is crucial given the current drought and necessary to decrease the region’s reliance on Folsom Lake during extremely dry conditions.

Don't Dump That Down The Kitchen Sink Drain!
News ImageWait! Don’t dump your cooking grease or fat down the drain. We’ll tell you ways to dispose of fats, oils and greases that is both easy and friendly to the environment, the City’s work crews, and on the City’s sewer pipes…. check out this informative streaming video for more information.

Background on rate case process
When Environmental Utilities embarks on a rate setting process, staff factors in a number of considerations to ensure that regulatory and legal requirements are met, debt obligations are covered, there are adequate reserves to meet financial requirements and cover unforeseen operating expenses. Staff balances all factors, including consideration of cost impacts to customers.

Keeping your wastewater system in tip-top shape
News ImageFlush and forget—that’s the approach most of us take to sewer systems.
Fortunately, there’s a team of about 30 city employees in our Wastewater Collections Division that always thinks about the system.

Get inspired by Greener Gardens Tour and DIY Expo
News ImageThe most water use—about 55 percent—occurs outdoors. That’s why many Roseville customers have converted their turf into water-wise gardens, which have translated into sustainable water savings. If you’re thinking about converting your lawn to something more water wise, consider joining us at the 2016 Greener Gardens Tour and DIY Expo on Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Groundwater well testing April 21
The City of Roseville Environmental Utilities will be conducting well testing to ready the groundwater system for two new pumps. This test will take place today, April 21.

Protect Yourself Against Utility Payment Scams
News ImageAs your community-owned utility provider, one of our top priorities is to keep your personal and financial information safe from scams and fraudulent activity. We follow procedures that regulate how we communicate with you, take payments and manage delinquent accounts, including the following...