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Wasting water isn’t a good idea, especially during a drought. Below, you can learn more about California’s current drought and what you can do to conserve water, like turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth. Waste water? We don’t recommend it.



The Drought 

Governor Brown recently declared a drought in California, an important move that helps bring attention to our state’s precious water resources. Here are some common questions Riverside Public Utilities customers may have about the drought:


How does the drought impact Riverside?
Riverside is water independent. This means that unlike many other water providers in Southern California, we are not like other water providers in Southern California, we don’t rely on imported water. Instead, our water comes from local wells owned by the City of Riverside.

For more details about and information about the drought, click here.


Why is saving water important?
Although Riverside is water independent, this doesn’t mean we should waste water. It is critical to save every drop we can so there will be enough water for everyone for years to come.


What’s the easiest way to save water?
Over 66% of water use is found in landscaping. In fact, most people water their lawn twice as long as is needed. Check out RPU’s Waterwise Landscape Rebate to see how replacing your lawn with drought tolerant plants can help you save water and money.


Don’t have a lawn?
You can still save water by taking shorter showers, turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth or when washing your car. You can find other great tips here.


Does RPU offer other water-saving rebates?
Yes! We offer several rebate programs that will pay you to save water. Find them here.
 


 

Water Utility History

After establishing a municipal electric utility in 1895, Riverside residents voted to create a municipal water utility in 1913 that would provide its customer-owners with reliable services at reasonable rates.

One hundred years after taking over many of the city’s first water distribution systems, Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) continues to live up to that commitment. To achieve this goal, the utility worked hard to preserve its water rights, built and maintained a strong fiscal position, and actively constructed vital infrastructure projects to serve this, and future generations.
 

Today

Today, RPU helps provide high quality, safe and reliable water services to the residents of the 12th largest city in California.

Day in and day out, a diverse and dedicated group of Water Division employees, from pipe fitters, laboratory technicians, and engineers to PhD’s, all work to fulfill our goals and service commitments. Through careful planning and resource management, RPU is now “Water Independent” – free of having to pay for higher cost imported water supplies.

Water Facts & System Data
Established ..............................................1913
Service Area Population ........................308,452
Service Area Size (square miles) .........74.4

System Data:
Miles of pipeline ........................................1,000
Total reservoir capacity (gallons) ..........108,500,000
Daily average production (gallons) ........60,014,625
2011-2012 Peak day (gallons) ...............88,370,000

Bond Ratings:
Fitch Ratings ..........................................AA+
Moody’s ..................................................Aa2
Standard & Poor’s .................................AAA

Number of Meters at Year End:
2012 .....................................................64,367

Total Operating Revenue (in millions):
2012. ...................................................$65.1

Water Rates and Statistics

Water Frequently Asked Questions

 


 

 

Water Conservation Rebates and Tips

Residential Water Conservation Rebates | Commercial Water Conservation Rebates | Water-saving tips 

 




Moving Forward

To ensure the future of Riverside Public Utilities water resources the Water Supply Plan looks to increase local water supplies through:

  • Diversification of our water supply portfolio, including fully developing area groundwater basins and improve their management.
  • Increase the use of recycled water by creating sources of direct delivery to offset potable (drinkable) supplies and recharge area groundwater basins.
  • Develop area surface water supplies, such as those at the Seven Oaks Dam and Mockingbird Canyon Dam, and the use of a rubber diversion dam along the Santa Ana River.


Get more information on RPU’s Water Supply Plan.  

 




Some of our latest investments in Riverside’s water future include:

Evans Reservoir Replacement

The original, leaking, and unsafe reservoir near J.W. North High School built in 1968, was torn down and replaced with a new, state-of-the-art 16 million gallon reservoir completed in early 2012.

Victoria Avenue Water Main & Valve Replacement
 
This project replaced over 6,700 feet of water mains in the historic street that were 85 years old, and fitted new valves on the system to improve system reliability.

Gage 31-1R Well
This new well site in the Bunker Hill Basin replaces two older, less efficient wells, and will provide 3,250 gallons per minute, helping RPU remain water independent.

See our water projects map here



Urban Water Management Plan


The California Urban Water Management Planning Act (Water Code sections 10610 et seq.) mandates that every supplier providing water for municipal purposes to more that 3,000 customers or supplying more than 3,000 acre feet of water annually, prepare an Urban Water Management Plan, at least once every five years.

On July 1, 2011, Riverside's Board of Public Utilities held a public hearing on the draft Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) prepared by Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) Department. The City Council adopted RPU's 2010 UWMP on July 12, 2011.
 

RPU's 2010 UWMP includes discussion of the following:
• Existing and planned sources of water supplies;
• Plans for conservation and efficient use of water; and
• Assessment and reliability of water supplies.

UWMP 
UWMP Appendicies
 



Water Quality Reports

Each year, RPU publishes a Water Quality Annual Report to provide our customers with important information about Riverside’s water quality.  View our current and past reports:

2012 
2011 - English
2011 - En Español
2010 - English
2010 - En Español
2009
2008
2007
2006


 

Backflow Prevention

Backflow is the reversal of water's normal direction of flow. When water passes through a water meter into a customer's home or business it should not flow back into the City's water main. If it does, the condition is referred to as "backflow." Backflow prevention guards against the unintentional reversal of water flow. For more information please visit our page for full information.  For questions, call: (951) 351-6282.


 

Water Engineering Design Manuals

All developer-installed water facilities must be designed and installed in accordance with the approved City of Riverside Public Utilities plans and applicable standards and must be inspected by the utility. For more information please visit our page for full information. For questions, call: (951) 826-5285.

 

 

 

Downloads
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Approved Backflow Prevention Assemblies

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Backflow for Contractors

<H3>Backflow For Customers</H3>

Backflow For Customers

<H3>Cover Sheet R2009 & Plan Sheet R2009</H3>

Cover Sheet R2009 & Plan Sheet R2009

<H3>Urban Water Master Plan </H3>

Urban Water Master Plan

Water Conservation Resources
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Water Conservation Resources

California Friendly Plants
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H2O House
Water-Use It Wisely
Save Our Water
Water for Tomorrow
Water Landscaping Tips
Waterwise Demonstration Garden

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