We flush or wash things down the drain and they disappear, right? That’s all most of us know (or want to know) about sewers. But what you don’t know about sewer systems can hurt you. Sewer line backups and overflows are serious health hazards and they’re painfully expensive to clean up. Among the most expensive repairs to a sewer service is from damage caused by tree roots growing inside sewer pipes.
Richard Plecker began his job as the city’s Environmental Utilities (EU) Director in January of this year. Now that he’s had a few months to settle in to his new role, we thought it would be a good time to ask him a few questions and give you the chance to get to know our new Director.
Roseville customers continue to reduce water use as the state endures a fourth year of a drought. March numbers show that residents and businesses have reduced water use by nearly 19 percent over this time in 2013. Since the start of the year, water consumption in Roseville is down 14.9 percent.
Think of a glass of water with a full pitcher standing by for refills. That’s a good picture of the relationship between Folsom Reservoir and the Sierra Nevada snowpack before the drought. Rain and runoff from local creeks filled the reservoir during the winter months. As temperatures warmed, the melting snowpack sent down a steady stream of water to refill the lake as more than a half million people used its water for drinking, washing, irrigating, etc. and government agencies released it downstream for the environment.
A Roseville school district recently completed a project that is expected to save a lot of water. Most recently, staff replaced thousands of square feet of turf at the Roseville Joint Union Unified High school District offices on Cirby Way, thanks in part to the City’s Cash for Grass Program.
Your unwanted e-waste should not end up in your trash bin. Instead, bring old electronics to the Roseville Utility Exploration Center and we’ll recycle them for free! Although we no longer accept televisions, we are happy to take computers, monitors, printers, cell phones, stereo equipment and wiring/cables.