The Public Works Department manages water that leaves the city.
To improve outgoing water quality, Public Works implements many measures, including stormwater pollution management and wastewater treatment. The city's efforts are guided, in part, by federal and state regulations. One way the city is working to improve water quality is by reducing the pollution and water flowing from the city's storm drain system towards the Santa Ana River.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The City of Riverside Public Works Department’s Water Quality Control Plant has been selected to receive a Gold Peak Performance Award. The Peak Performance Awards program presented by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recognizes public wastewater treatment facilities for their outstanding compliance records in the 2012 calendar year. The Gold Peak Performance Award honors those that have achieved 100 percent discharge compliance for an entire calendar year, ensuring safe water for the enjoyment of all. Read More...
Stormwater is precipitation, including rain, hail and snow. Stormwater pollution is everything else that you see and don’t see, mixed with the stormwater. The city’s streets and storm drain system is designed to funnel stormwater from the streets to local streams and rivers, then down to the ocean.
Effective stormwater pollution prevention and urban runoff management can help to maintain and improve water quality.
Water that leaves our city as wastewater flows into the Santa Ana River and downstream to the ocean.
The Riverside Water Quality Control Plant provides treatment of all domestic and industrial wastewater generated within the City of Riverside and in the Rubidoux, Edgemont, and Jurupa Community Services Districts to produce high quality treated effluent that complies 100% with all state and Federal requirements.