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New approach adopted for statewide water conservation
News ImageJust a couple of weeks ago, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) took action easing statewide water conservation rules that have been in place for more than a year because of the drought.

Acknowledging that water conditions in many parts of the state have improved, the State Water Board voted to eliminate the statewide 25 percent water savings approach and, in its place, are new rules that give water agencies like Roseville local control over conservation.

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.

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.

Roseville explores creating energy from waste
News ImageWork is underway right now to develop a project that would one day help power one of Environmental Utilities’ (EU) wastewater treatment plants or provide fleet vehicle fuel using Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).

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.

Statewide water use restrictions continue through this October
News ImageThe State Water Board took action last evening, continuing water use restrictions through October. Because of the tireless efforts of many water agencies throughout the region, our collective voice was heard. A climate adjustment is now part of the emergency drought regulations, which moves Roseville’s target from 28 percent down to 25 percent.

New water rates take effect February 8
News ImageFollowing a several month rate case process, City Council approved a water utility rate proposal on December 16. As a result, Roseville water customers will see changes to their bill beginning February 8, including the elimination of the 15 percent drought surcharge. Customers interested in understanding what the rate increase is for their home can use our water rate calculator.

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!

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 they translate into money saved during the conversion and afterwards as you begin to save money on reduced water usage.

Parched Roseville gets needed rainfall
News ImageAll signs of El Nino are here—that is great news! In fact, this month is already the wettest January since 2012 in the Sacramento region. This week’s drenching rain – likely to produce rain on most days over the course of the next five days – will add positively to the growing rainfall and snowfall totals.


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.

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.

Burr ... It's going to get cold. How to prevent freeze damage.
News ImageWhile it's a little too early to think about frozen pipes, with the cold front coming in, consider these tips to ensure that your pipes remain in tact. Usually, consecutive cold days can cause issues with freezing pipes, and we don't expect that this week, but getting into the habit now or storing these tips for later can help you all winter long.


Holidays are fast approaching. Keep those sinks fat-free
News ImageThe crisp chill of fall is in the air, and with it comes the desire to cook comfort food. Roasted meats, vegetables and potatoes are fall favorites in many homes. With chicken, roast, and turkey that will soon grace our tables for a holiday feast, comes FOG. No, we’re not referring to the weather again; FOG is the industry term for Fats, Oils and Grease.

Recycled water available for home and business landscaping
News ImageWater is too precious to use just once. That’s why Roseville blazed the trail to develop a “new” water source for a sustainable future. Roseville’s recycled water program, which started in the 1990s with a single commercial customer, has since grown to become an important and safe resource. Now, residents and businesses looking for ways to keep their landscapes healthy – especially high-valued trees – can now take advantage of recycled water.

October water savings: 35.48 percent
News ImageWay to go, Roseville! We reduced water use in October by 35.48 percent over this time two years ago. Continued savings still necessary to meet ongoing drought conditions and statewide water reduction targets.

Proposed rate structure, increase for Roseville water customers
News ImageIn an effort to maintain financial stability and continue to deliver clean and plentiful water to Roseville water customers, Environmental Utilities is proposing changes to the water utility rate structure and is recommending a two-year rate increase. The proposal includes a change from tiered to uniform rates, increases in consumption rates to meet rising expenses, and the elimination of the 15 percent water shortage surcharge that took effect in June 2014. Roseville City Council will consider this proposal at its December 16 council meeting.


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