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Find out about our Green Action Plan.


Riverside Public Utilities is water independent. More than 67,000 metered customers receive water from local sources.


Goal 16

Reduce per capita water usage 20% citywide by 2020.

  1. Implement water efficiency, conservation, and education programs to reduce the City’s per capita potable water usage by 20% by 2020.
  2. Implement a city-wide water conservation ordinance by 2010.
  3. Create Commercial/Industrial water use efficiency program incentivizing performance.
  4. Implement indoor fixture based replacement programs targeting high density housing.
  5. Enact “Stage 1 - Normal Water Supply” provision of water conservation ordinance enforcing irrigation time restrictions.
  6. Revise design guidelines and qualification for landscaping in new development or major retrofits.
  7. Adopt and enforce the provisions of the 2010 California Green Building Code for water efficiency standards.
  8. Develop easy to understand forms and handout literature that will enable designers and contractors to implement the water efficiency standards of the Green Building Code on their projects in Riverside and streamline the design and plan review process.
  9. Maintain high water quality through appropriate recharge, conservation, and management of sources.
  10. jMaintain a high level of water quality through source water protection and contaminated source remediation.

Goal 17

Increase the use of recycled water by 30% by 2020, based on the 2008 baseline.

  1. Develop recycling methods and expand existing uses for recycled wastewater by 2015.
  2. Increase the use of recycled water from the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) to recover 15,000 acre feet or 30% of plant effluent by 2020.
  3. Obtain recycled water permit.
  4. Construct Phase I Recycled Water Project.
  5. Adapt one large water customer to recycled water.
  6. Double the production capacity of recycled water from the WWTP.
  7. Increase the use of recycled water from the WWTP to recover 9,000 acre feet of plant effluent by 2020.
  8. Break ground on Pellisier Ranch Groundwater Recharge Project.
  9. Permit increase production capacity of recycled water at the WWTP.