Friday, December 2, 2016

Storm Drain Art Contest Wins Award

The City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities has received the 2017 National Environmental Achievement Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.The award will be formally presented at their winter conference in February.

The RVAH20 Storm Drain Art Contest was entered in the Public Information and Education:E-Media category. 

The project goal was to obtain a Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit by 2018, making Richmond one of the first cities in the U.S. to do so.

DPU is mandated to reach 20 percent of Richmond residents with a stormwater/water quality message: address pollution, how the public is related to area waterways, and how individual actions impact overall water health.

So Richmond DPU developed the first annual Storm Drain Art Project, "It All Drains to the James." Richmond-area artists would apply to paint a storm drain design that conveyed how important it is to keep our river – and our drinking water – clean.

The goal was to educate the public that pollutants that go into storm drains impact Richmond waterways – the very places that are so beloved for community swimming, fishing and water sports.  It’s why all five of the storm drains selected for this project carry stormwater directly into the James River – and into our water supply.

When the artists were selected and the art work completed, fans voted for a favorite design online. The artist with the most votes received the RVA Choice Award, along with special recognition.

Stroll down Tredegar Street and see for yourself how art can help communicate that what goes into these drains flows directly into the James.

Fan Favorite

Friday, November 18, 2016

City Enters Bond Market in Public Utility Revenue and Refunding Bonds

The City of Richmond successfully sold $502 million in Public Utility Revenue and Refunding Bonds of which $169 million was for new money projects and $333 million was to refund existing debt service for interest rate savings.

The cost of funds for the City’s New Money Projects was approximately 3.47 percent, which is near the lowest cost of funds in several decades. In addition, the City took advantage of the historic low interest rate environment to refund two outstanding bond issues, which will result in the City reducing its existing debt service by roughly $100 million over the next 24 years.

The Bonds were highly rated by all three national credit rating agencies: Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch (Aa2, AA, AA respectively).

Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Raymond James and Siebert Cisneros Shank served as underwriters on the financing. Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Raymond James have offices in Richmond. Siebert Cisneros Shank is based out of New York and is the nation’s largest minority owned bond underwriting firm.

David Rose, senior vice president and manager of Public Finance at Davenport & Company LLC, the City’s financial advisor, said “As best we can determine, the level of debt service savings is unprecedented for a Virginia local government.”

The City’s director of Public Utilities, Bob Steidel, said, “The City’s utility system has experienced consistent credit rating upgrades over the past several years. As a result, the level of savings has been augmented because our credit worthiness has increased.”

Monday, November 7, 2016

Customer Photos

Carol Buckingham of Woodland Heights draws down water from one of her two rain barrels. Installing a rain barrel makes you eligible for a credit on your stormwater fee. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Citizens Academy 2016 Graduation

Click once on first photo to open slide show. Graduate names are on the certificates!

Citizens Academy Stormwater Tour

Click once on first photo to open slide show
Jonet Prevost-White of the Stormwater Division

Rain garden at Bellemeade School

Stream restoration near Bellemeade School

Fendall Avenue Green Alley Project Oct. 17-Dec. 9

The Department of Public Utilities' Fendall Avenue Green Alley project involves retrofitting the existing alley surface connecting Fendall Avenue with Culpepper Street between Fendall and Garland, utilitizing low impact development -- also known as green technologies. The low impact practices to be used in this alley include a pervious concrete block system and an underground infiltration trench that will provide stormwater runoff treatment and storage.

This project was funded by the City of Richmond Stormwater Utility and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. 

Residents of the odd numbered block of 3500 Fendall should put their trash cans on the streetfront side of their house on their scheduled Monday collection day so the trash collection truck can access the can. The normal trash pick-up location will resume when the project is completed, approximately Dec. 9.

Those who normally park in this alley should find an alternate parking space during construction. To be successful, the alley should not be used during construction. Signs will be posted to alert residents that the alley is closed to parking. Parking along the street is suggested. If you do park in the alley during this project, you may find it difficult to leave because of crews and equipment.

In progress, end of October


Work in Progress