Water Resource Recovery

Protecting Richmond’s public health and environment, and transforming stormwater and wastewater into resources.

NEW: Sanitary Sewer Standard Specifications for Design & Construction (Adopted July 18,2017)

2017 CASA Organizational Excellence Award - Sewer Lateral Grant Program

Recognizes the efforts for achievement in managing the agency’s division, unit, or process. 
The City of Richmond’s Water Resource Recovery Department administers a Sewer Lateral Grant Program. The program reimburses eligible home owners in the Richmond Municipal Sewer District (RMSD No. 1) for one-half of the cost to rehabilitate or replace their sewer lateral, up to $3,000. The program was originally mandated by a settlement agreement with The Baykeeper that stated the City must fund $100,000 annually beginning in 2007 and for 10 years for a total up to $1,000,000. Due to the success of the Sewer Lateral Grant Program, the department continues to fund the program even though the Baykeeper requirement has expired. The program’s goal is to facilitate the reduction of infiltration and inflow into the sanitary sewer system during wet weather. RMSD No. 1 serves over 25,000 rate payers. The grant program has received over 1,000 applications and has awarded over $3,087,462 in grant funds.


Grant Program
• Sewer Lateral Grant Program

• Wastewater Treatment Plant
• Sanitary Sewer Collection System 
• Capital Improvement Program
• Pre-treatment Program
• National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Compliance

• Stormwater Collection System
• Stormwater System Pollutant and Trash Reduction
• Capital Improvements
• Municipal Regional Permit (MRP) Compliance
Interested in groundwater sustainability? Learn more about local Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) activities here.