Recent Press Releases

City of Riverside Remains Committed to Strong Financial Reserves for Utilities

Riverside Public Utilities’ strong financial reserves have helped ratepayers avoid large rate increases in the face of a historic drought while saving the utility and its ratepayers millions of dollars in borrowing costs in recent years, General Manager Girish Balachandran said Thursday.Read More...

City of Riverside Wins Battle With State Over $17 Million In Disputed Funds

Riverside will receive full repayment of $17 million in loans it made to its former redevelopment agency after the state finally conceded the legitimacy of the loans made over several years. The state Department of Finance had previously disputed whether the loans were eligible to be repaid, but it reversed itself as part of Gov. Brown’s May Revise to the state budget. Read More...

Riverside a Host City for Special Olympics World Games 2015

The City of Riverside will serve as a host city for a delegation of Special Olympics athletes as part of the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles July 25-Aug. 2. An official announcement is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday (5/19), including information about which European country will be sending athletes to Riverside. Read More...

It Rained, So Give Your Irrigation System the Week Off

With rain coming to Riverside on Thursday night and more rain expected tonight, Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) is asking customers to give their irrigation systems the week off. “As our customer-owners know, we’ve got to take proactive steps now to conserve water resources,” said RPU General Manager Girish Balachandran. “Shutting off irrigation systems is the easiest thing we can do that can save thousands or even millions of gallons cumulatively each day when it is done citywide.” Read More...

City Manager John Russo Completes Executive Team With Hiring of Alex Nguyen

City Manager John A. Russo, who started work today, immediately completed his executive leadership team with the hiring of Alex Nguyen as Assistant City Manager. Nguyen joins Assistant City Managers Al Zelinka, who was promoted by Interim City Manager Lee C. McDougal in mid-February from his job as Community Development Director, and Deanna Lorson, who has been in the post for four years and previously served two years as Development Director. Read More...

Riverside Public Utilities Warns Customers About ‘Pay Immediately’ or have Utilities Shut off Phone Payment Scam

Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) is once again warning all of its water and electric customers about a telephone payment scam which threatens to shut down utility services immediately, unless a payment is made. “All commercial and residential water and/or electric customers of Riverside Public Utilities must know that we would never call them and ask for personal payment information, nor request payment in person at a customer’s home or business,” said RPU General Manager Girish Balachandran. Read More...

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