Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Water Plant Earns Award

The Water Plant received the Bronze Performance Award for Optimized Filtration from the Virginia Department of Health and recognition from City Council for water quality, May 24. Accepting the awards were (from left) Jarad Johnston, instrument and control tech II; Derek Evans, plant electrician; Arthur White, chief operations supervisor, who spoke for the group at the presentation; Kevin Coleman, Trafford operator; and Craig Johnson, maintenance technician III.



Saturday, May 22, 2010

WRVA Home Improvement Show

Angela Fountain, public information manager for the Department of Public Utilities, was a guest on Richard McKann's Home Improvement Show, May 22, which airs on WRVA-AM from 10 to noon every Saturday. Listen to the segment. (Video is only screensaver.)


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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Water Clock Winners Announced

During National Drinking Water Week in May, visitors to the Department of Public Utilities' display at City Hall and the Science Museum of Virginia registered to win a water clock. The winners are: Maria Howard, Barbara Hayes, Donald Eldridge, Lorna Pope, Carolyn Prosser, and Adrien Walker. (Pictured is Maria Howard and her son, Philip, 14, receiving their clock.)

New at the Shockoe Basin

The Shockoe Basin is a combined sewer and sanitary water facility on the north side of the James River. Combined sewer flow leaves Shockoe and crosses the James before entering the wastewater treatment plant on the south side of the river.

During dry weather, water flows pass this diversion structure directly to the treatment plant. During wet weather and high flows, some or most of the flow is diverted to this 35-million gallon basin where the flow is equalized on its way to the plant.

During 2009, improvements were made to the crossover chamber, allowing stormwater from Shockoe Bottom to be directed to the river without mixing with the combined sewer flows. This recent modification is for more efficient operation.

During 2010, the basin was cleaned. Because stormwater flow surges are diverted to and held at the basin, sediment collects there. An estimated 70,000 cubic yards of sediment was removed by the summer of 2010.

Diversion structure improvements during 2010 included refurbishing the bar screen rake in the west end of the structure to assist with the removal of debris, leaves and tree limbs from sewer flows.

Posted by Mariane Jorgenson

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Utility Talk, DPU's Social Media win awards

The Department of Public Utilities' quarterly publication, Utility Talk, and its social media communications efforts both won awards of merit from the Virginia Public Relations Society of America. The awards were announced at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond on May 6.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

MetroCare Golf Classic 2010

More than 100 golfers participated in this year's MetroCare Classic at Providence Golf Course to raise money for the MetroCare program, which provides heating bill assistance. To view individual photos, visit the Richmond VA Department of Public Utilities page on Facebook.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010