Tuesday, November 14, 2017

DPU Citizens Academy 2017

Rodney Mumford explains how gas meters work.

The SCADA map shows how the natural gas is flowing around the city.

Tour of the Operations warehouse.

Gas meters

LED streetlight

Class at the Wastewater Plant


Clair Watson leads tour of Wastewater Plant

Wastewater Plant

Gates at the Wastewater plant pull out all the items in the sewage that won't decompose

Gateways removing items from sewage that won't decompose and shouldn't go back into the river.

Cleaning process of sewer water begins.

Wastewater plant

Wastewater plant


The water that is returned to the river is crystal clear and clean.

Biosolids removed from water are broken down for fertilizer 

Chemistry lab on Commerce Road

Touring the chemistry lab

Senior Chemist Felicia Bracey explains how water samples are tested.

Rain garden in front of new Commerce Road facility

Stormwater Division repaired the creek that runs through Maury Cemetery

Stormwater enhancements for Maury Cemetery creek

Viewing the downtown canal at dusk. DPU maintains the canals and floodwalls.

Downtown canal at dusk.

Floodwall gate in Shockoe Bottom.

Graduation ceremony!




New interim DPU Director Rosemary Green (third from right) with graduating class

Monday, October 23, 2017

Changes at DPU

Rosemary Green
DPU Director Robert (Bob) Steidel accepted the position of Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of Operations for the City of Richmond, effective Sept. 30, 2017.

The position oversees Public Utilities, Public Works, and Animal Care and Control.

Steidel was appointed director of DPU in March 2011.

Rosemary Green has been named interim director for DPU and will serve in the position until it is permanently filled.

Green has served DPU most recently as deputy director II, overseeing the Water Treatment Plant, pump stations, Water Tank Operations and Maintenance, Water Distribution Operations and Maintenance, the Wastewater Treatment Plant, Shockoe Diversion Structure, all CSO regulators and pump stations, Technical Services, including engineering services and CIP projects, GIS mapping, Infrastructure Asset Management, and Development Services.

She has been with the city since 2006, after working in the private sector for 25 years, notably as an engineer for Dominion Virginia Power. She has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a masters in systems engineering from Virginia Tech.

Rotten Egg Cartoon

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Local Governments Announce Voluntary Water Conservation Measures

***Voluntary conservation has ended.***

Beginning Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the City of Richmond along with Henrico County, Hanover County, Chesterfield County, Goochland County, and Powhatan County are implementing voluntary water conservation measures. In accordance with Richmond’s James River Regional Flow Management Plan, when water levels drop to 1,200 cfs (cubic feet per second) or 3 ½ to 3 ¾ feet in depth at the Westham Gauge, voluntary conservation measures are implemented. Voluntary compliance of area customers will assist water treatment plants in the city of Richmond, Chesterfield County and Henrico County in providing water to all customers in the region while also meeting the James River Regional Flow Management Plan.

During periods of voluntary water conservation, residents in the city of Richmond and surrounding counties are asked to voluntarily restrict water use according to the following lawn watering schedule:

· Monday – No watering

· Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – odd property addresses may water

· Wednesday, Friday and Sunday – even property addresses may water

Although localities are asking customers to conserve, our ability remains intact to produce and deliver safe drinking water to meet necessary use and emergency requirements of our communities in the region. The region tracks river flow levels on a 14 day rolling average. In order to suspend voluntary water conservation measures, the river flow levels’ 14 day rolling average must remain above 1,200 cfs for 14 days.

Additional conservation tips may be found at vdh.virginia.gov/drinking-water/office-of-drinking-water/water-conservation-tips/


For additional information, specific to localities, contact:

County of Chesterfield Customer Service 804 748-1271

County of Goochland Public Utilities 804 556-5835

County of Hanover Customer Service 804 365-6024

County of Henrico Customer Service 804 501-4275

County of Powhatan Public Works 804 598-5764



City of Richmond DPU Customer Care Center 804 646-4646

DPU Conserve Water