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|We 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.|
|Richard Plecker began his job as the city’s Environmental Utilities (EU) Director in January of this year. Now that he’s had a few months to settle in to his new role, we thought it would be a good time to ask him a few questions and give you the chance to get to know our new Director.|
|Roseville 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.|
|Think 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. |
|A 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. |
|Your unwanted e-waste should not end up in your trash bin. Instead, bring old electronics to the Roseville Utility Exploration Center and we’ll recycle them for free! Although we no longer accept televisions, we are happy to take computers, monitors, printers, cell phones, stereo equipment and wiring/cables.|
|Small 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 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. |
|Between January and April, Roseville residents are encouraged to reuse a commonly discarded item in their home – cardboard tubes from used paper towel and toilet paper rolls. These will be used to craft flowers that will be displayed in locations throughout Roseville before being brought together as a Community Art Garden at the Celebrate the Earth Festival in April.|
|Mark 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.|
|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.
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.
|Today, City Manager Ray Kerridge welcomed Richard Plecker as the City of Roseville Environmental Utilities Director. |
|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.|
|Crisp air, chilly mornings, shorter days and morning dew – these are the telltale signs that the fall season has arrived and means that you should examine your water needs for your lawn and garden. |
|The 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.|
|As 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. |
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.
|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!
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.