Streets Services

Streets Services

Street Sweeping Program

street sweepingSimilar to many other local cities, the City of Riverside performs what are called Best Management Practices to reduce the amount of pollution reaching its storm drains. Regular street sweeping is one of the most cost-effective Best Management Practices used to remove sediment, metals, petroleum products, trash and vegetation which accumulate on streets.

An effective program is important for removing debris from roadsides and gutters which could ultimately end up in the storm drains. Keeping the storm drains clear not only helps to mitigate water pollution, but also reduces the likelihood of flooding during heavy rain.

The City of Riverside provides street sweeping on public streets in neighborhoods on the 1st/3rd and 2nd/4th weeks of the month from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Signs are posted on neighborhood streets for your scheduled street sweeping. Residents are required to remove their vehicles from the street during this time. Additionally, weekly street sweeping is completed on main thoroughfares throughout the City. Clean streets keep storm drains clear of debris, reduce the potential for flooding, and prevent pollutants from reaching the Santa Ana River and ocean.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Does The City Have Street Sweeping?

There are several reasons for the City conducting the Street Sweeping Program. Primarily, there are federal and local mandates, including the Federal Clean Water Act, which require that the City help prevent pollution from entering local waters.

Additionally, street sweeping benefits the community by collecting and removing debris (paper, leaves and other visible objects) that collect in the gutters. This debris can block storm water inlets, causing localized flooding during heavy rains that pollute the local water system. An equally important, but less visible benefit is the removal of metal particles, oil and other hazardous products left behind by passing and parked vehicles. Although virtually invisible, these particles can be extremely harmful to the environment.

The City currently sweeps 870 miles of streets. Street sweeping removes approximately 27 pounds per resident of debris annually from the streets and contaminants that would otherwise remain in the street and eventually end up in the ocean. For Fiscal Year 2009-10, 8 million tons of debris was removed.

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Why do I need to move my car during Street Sweeping?

Moving vehicles off a street scheduled for sweeping allows City crews to thoroughly clean the street from curb-to-curb. One parked car equals nearly three car lengths of space that can’t be swept because the street sweeping equipment must leave room to avoid it. This can result in debris building up on the roadway and entering the storm drain which can cause flooding during heavy rains and contribute to water pollution.

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How will I know when my street will be swept?

The City of Riverside provides street sweeping on public streets in neighborhoods on the 1st/3rd and 2nd/4th weeks of the month from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Additionally, regular street sweeping is completed on main thoroughfares throughout the City.

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If my sweeping day is a holiday does my street get swept that week?

No. Sweeping will resume on the next regular sweeping day.

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Where can I park during a street sweeping day?

Every vehicle needs to be removed from the street on street sweeping days from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the designated sweeping time. Parking in your driveway is most convenient. However, if your driveway is full, make arrangements with a neighbor, or check adjoining neighborhoods not scheduled for the same street sweeping day. You can also contact the 311 Call Center so that City staff can assist you with a possible solution. It is also important for you to remind any service providers at your home or business (gardener, pool cleaner, etc.) of the street sweeping schedule and that their vehicle cannot be parked on the street.

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Why are citations issued?

Citations are issued when your vehicle is not moved off the street on scheduled street sweeping days and time.

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Who do I talk with about a citation I received?

Please contact the 311 Call Center for any parking citation questions.

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Will my street be swept if there is no curb and gutter?

No. Street sweeping with no curb and gutter can actually create more problems as the brushes pull the dirt and debris from the side of the street onto the asphalt.

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Who do I contact if I need to make one-time special parking considerations?

Special parking considerations (such as allowances for a broken down vehicle or construction work being performed) are handled on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the 311 Call Center to make a special request.

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What can I do to help reduce water pollution?

The City's Street Sweeping Program is only part of the solution to water pollution and flood prevention. You can do your part by being aware of what you can do to help:

  • Do not overwater lawns, trees and vegetation. Overwatering your lawn can wash pesticides, fertilizers, motor oil and yard clippings into the gutter and storm drain where it heads straight to the ocean.
  • Avoid wet cleaning activities which can flush debris into the street and gutters. Utilize dry cleaning methods wherever possible and dispose of debris in an appropriate refuse container.
  • Do not sweep anything into the gutter or street. Blowing leaves and dirt into the gutter makes it difficult for the sweeping crews to clean the streets.
  • Rake leaves and either compost them or place them in the green can for recycling. For compost information, view the C.U.R.E. website (www.riversideca.gov/cure).
  • Take advantage of the City's free curbside and drop off events throughout the year. For upcoming event information, view the C.U.R.E. website (www.riversideca.gov/cure).
  • Remember to move your vehicle on sweeping days.
  • If you see an abandoned vehicle, contact the 311 Call Center to report it.
  • Make sure your vehicles are properly maintained. Clean up vehicle fluid leaks as quickly as possible.

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General Information
Address:
3900 Main Street - 4th Floor
Riverside, CA 92522

Phone: (951) 826-5341

Hours
Monday - Friday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Closed Major Holidays
Our Mission
The City of Riverside Public Works Department enhances the quality of life for city residents and businesses by operating and maintaining the city’s street, trees, landscape, wastewater, storm drain and refuse systems in the most effective, efficient and responsible manner.
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