Public Works News & Updates

The Public Works Department plays a vital role in providing a myriad of City services to promote quality of life for the City of Riverside.

Our goal is to implement efficient and cost effective services to preserve and enhance our City streets, bike paths, and sanitary sewer system as well as promote sustainable programs to preserve our environment with clean storm drains, air quality programs and a solid waste collection system that successfully diverts 67.4% of citywide trash from landfills to recycling programs.

Please explore our website for more information on the variety of services we provide.


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You can request most Public Works services through the 311 Call Center


Adopt a Drain Program

With increased rain anticipated this year with El Nino, the City is reaching out to residents to allow volunteers across the City of Riverside to help in efforts to keep our storm drains clear with the new Adopt-a-Drain program.

A little volunteer effort will go a long way in helping to maintain over 4,800 storm drains throughout the City. Through our collective efforts we can help reduce flooding and prevent pollution of local waterways.

To sign up, simply go to the map based website at where you can select the drain you’d like to adopt and then contact 311 to find out where to get your tool kit.


Storm and Sandbag Information

Residents are encouraged to clean up parkway, downspout and gutter debris to keep it from flowing into storm drains.

The City of Riverside provides free sand and sandbags to residents to help you prepare for storms. The sandbag filling stations are free to the public and are located at:

  • Fire Station 6 @ 1077 Orange Street
  • Fire Station 7 @ 10191 Cypress Street
  • City Corp Yard @ 8095 Lincoln (at St. Lawrence)
  • Orange Terrace Park @ 20010 Orange Terrace Pkwy (in the parking lot nearest Deer Creek x Grove Community cross streets) PLEASE NOTE: The Orange Terrace filling station is only operational when severe storms are forecast.


Please report storm issues to the City Call Center by calling 311.


Save Our Water and Our Trees!

As you cut back on water use during this historic drought, you may not realize the impact this will have on your landscape trees.

Trees in irrigated landscapes become dependent on regular watering. When watering is reduced – and especially when it’s stopped completely – trees will die.

Tree loss is a very costly problem: not only in expensive tree removal, but also in the loss of all the benefits trees provide.

Your trees provide an immense range of health, energy, environmental and economic benefits. Trees help reduce water by reducing evaporation. Mature trees only need to be deeply watered 1-2 times per month with a simple soaker hose or drip system toward the edge of the canopy - NOT at the base of the tree.

For more information on how to save our trees, check out the FAQs.

Additional information on how to water trees during a drought can be found here: Watering Young Trees and Watering Mature Trees.