Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Citizens Academy Stormwater Tour

Student Joseph A. Seidell and DPU Director Bob Steidell

Student Thomas Jone and Director Steidell

Student Melissa Page and Director Steidell

Student Eileen Scribner and Director Steidell
Director Steidell and student Barbara Gordon

Director Steidell and student Corinna Beale

Program Manager Darryl Rivers and Community Outreach Coordinator Gay Stokes talk about stormwater

Darryl Rivers

Boarding the trolley for the tour!

Trades Technician Horace Todd, who works with mosquito abatement, joined the tour

Streetlighting bucket trucks

Afton Avenue

This construction prevents stormwater from flooding the property.

Piping installed along Alaska Street prevent flooding by running rainwater along ditches to the creek

All the leaves in this ditch are going to cause the street to flood. Don't rake your leaves into the street or in storm drainage ditches.

Manhole at the base of a green alley that absorbs stormwater

The green alley near 5th Street downtown. The permeable pavers absorb stormwater.

Students examining the vegetated filter strips near 9th and Grace streets

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Citizens Academy at the Water Treatment Plant

DPU Director Bob Steidel addresses the class

Utility Plant Superintendent Ricky Hatfield provides an overview of the plant

Deputy Director Willie Horton (standing)

The section of the James River where the water goes into the Water Treatment Plant

An emergency HAZMAT washing station

Treated water under a safety net. Soon this section will be roofed in.

New holding tank for treated water

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Citizens Academy at the Wastewater Treatment Plant

DPU Director Bob Steidel explains the history of wastewater treatment.

Clair Watson, utilities operations superintendent at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, explains how the plant operates.

Students look at how clear and clean the treated water is before it is returned to the river.