Water Resource Recovery

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

Our office is currently closed until further notice in accordance with the Contra Costa County Health Officer’s order.  This closure may change as essential services are furthered defined. 

Staff will be checking phone messages, emails and faxes.  There may be a delay in response.
Please assist us in reducing the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) by observing the shelter in place and staying home if you are sick.  We appreciate your patience during this time.
Feel free to check the City’s website for updates.
Thank you and take care.

Do Not Flush Disinfecting Wipes or Paper Towels


  

Responsibilities 
Wastewater

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



Stormwater

• Stormwater Collection System
• Stormwater System Pollutant and Trash Reduction
• Capital Improvements
• Municipal Regional Permit (MRP) Compliance


 

Sewer Lateral Grant Program
The program is open and accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year for sewer lateral replacement work completed between 7/1/2020-6/30/2021.

If you have any questions regarding the Sewer Lateral Grant Program, please contact Maricella Mandujano 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. 
CASA 2017 AWARD
The City of Richmond’s Water Resource Recovery Department administers the Sewer Lateral Grant Program. The program reimburses eligible homeowners in the Richmond Municipal Sewer District (RMSD No. 1) for the cost to replace their sewer lateral. 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.


Fully Executed Baykeeper Settlement


Point Richmond Hydrogen Sulfide Monitoring



Private Sewer Lateral Ordinance (Chapter 12.17)

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)


Interested in groundwater sustainability? Learn more about local Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) activities here.