Monday, November 30, 2009

Keep Life Simple with Natural Gas!

City of Richmond Natural Gas, we're keeping life simple. The energy to reach the future. Keeping life simple is what we do because that's our motto and our creed. It's a natural fact when you use gas, it's environmentally friendly. City of Richmond Natural Gas, we're keeping life simple.

Monday, November 23, 2009

An Animated Movie about Richmond's Combined Sewer Overflow System

The average household has many sources of sewer water. This water may come from the use of sinks, showers, and bathrooms. Water from these sources go down into the sewer pipes of your home into the ground.

To many, what lies under the foundation of the average home is a mystery. One of the challenges with living in an historic city is the amount of underground obstructions. Examples may be cobblestone left over from a bygone era when Richmonders and visitors traveled by horse and buggy, trash and debris, abandoned utility lines, rail remnants from Richmond's streetcar era, even old Civil War artifacts.

Modern water lines and other utilities such as cable television, telephone, and natural gas can also serve as blockages.

Root systems are underground obstructions that can cause infrastructure damage to sewer and storm drain lines.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Solar Lights at Ancarrow's Landing

The Department of Public Utilities will be maintaining the solar lights installed at Ancarrow's Landing and soon-to-be-installed lights in the Randolph community behind the Randolph Community Center.

All About Biosolids

Biosolids, also known as treated sludge, is the byproduct of domestic and commercial sewage and wastewater treatment. Properly treated biosolids can be used as fertilizer. The term biosolids was created in 1991 by the Water Environment Foundation to differentiate raw, untreated sewage sludge from treated and tested sludge that can be beneficially used as fertilizer.

In Richmond, the sewage goes through physical, chemical and biological processes that clean the wastewater and removes solids. Richmond treats about 45 million gallons of wastewater a day and discharges the clean, treated water into the James River.

The City's wastewater treatment plant recycles its biosolids to farms in close proximity to Richmond, which is currently 43 farms in nine surrounding counties, including Amelia, Buckingham, Caroline, Charles City, Charlotte, Cumberland, Hanover, King William, and Powhatan.

To learn more about Richmond's biosolids, visit Nutri Blend and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.