Water Resource Recovery

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

Fully Executed Baykeeper Settlement

Point Richmond Hydrogen Sulfide Monitoring

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

The Department proposes to amend the Sewer Use Ordinance to include enforcement of the Fats, Oils and Grease program at the April 17, 2018 City Council meeting.  Draft amendments to Sewer Use Ordinance (Chapter 12.18)

Sewer Lateral Grant Program

The program has exhausted all funds for the Fiscal Year 2017-2018. 
Effectively immediately we will no longer accept applications for the grant program for this fiscal year. 
We anticipate additional funding to be allocated for the grant program for the upcoming 2018-2019 Fiscal Year.  Only, if funds are allocated and adopted by the City Council will the funds be made available after July 1, 2018.  Please check back in May or June for an update. 
If you have any questions regarding the Sewer Lateral Grant Program, please contact Ana Crespin or Gina DeLaTorre by email or at 510-620-6594.

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.




• 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.