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January 21, 2016
Riverside Public Utilities Board Set To Review Fiber and Recycled Water Projects

Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) Board will review two new fiber optic and recycled water projects at its Friday, January 22 regular meeting, that will help usher in its Utility 2.0 plans for the future.

For over 20 years, RPU’s water utility has investigated the opportunities to utilize recycled water within the city. However, only a handful of projects moved forward due to the fact that RPU’s groundwater resources were so abundant, and inexpensive. Moving into a fifth year of the worst drought California has seen, and waiting for El Nino storms to replenish aquifers, recycled water projects will be an important part of the future of Riverside’s majority water provider.

Building off of recycled water facilities the city has at its water treatment plant, the Jackson Street and Arlington Avenue recycled water pipelines will add additional infrastructure needed to begin providing a recycled water product for a variety of customer usage and assist the city in meeting strict water conservation mandates by the state.

The Board will also review a fiber optic business plan that would formalize the utility’s current fiber leasing program and its possible future plans and revenues. RPU currently operates a fiber network within its system to communicate between substations and control centers for the operation of its electric grid.

This fiber optic cable comes in bundles of fibers and those fibers that are not used by RPU can be used by other businesses, including communications companies. RPU’s plans include: formalizing the existing business to brand and market the fiber as an available service; develop a tactical plan to expand the fiber business through identifying opportunities; and strategic expansion of fiber offerings.

Friday’s meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Art Pick Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 3900 Main Street, Riverside. For additional information please visit RiversidePublicUtilities.com

 

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