City wastewater utility earns statewide recognition

Named “Collection System of the Year”
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For many people, once water goes down the kitchen sink drain or flushes down the toilet, it’s out of sight, out of mind. But for the City of Roseville’s Environmental Utilities Department that’s the moment when their work begins. Robots, ultraviolet rays, hungry good bacteria, miles of underground pipes and a lot of hard-working people behind the scenes ensure that water is handled and treated in a cost-efficient, environmentally sensitive way. The California Water and Environment Association recently named Roseville’s department the “Collection System of the Year” among large wastewater systems statewide. “This award is a testament to the hard work and good planning by our wastewater collections staff through the years,” said Wastewater Utility Manager Ken Glotzbach, in a press release. “We are proud to be able to provide a high level of service to our customers and maintain a wastewater system that is friendly to the environment.” The city achieved this award because of the wastewater utility’s record for innovative, proactive and cost-effective maintenance programs, responsive customer service in the field and exceptional wastewater spill record since 2007, according to the press release. Roseville has a wastewater rehabilitation program that sets aside utility funds to proactively maintain wastewater infrastructure. This rehabilitation program has allowed the city to avoid dramatic rate increases, make strategic improvements and repairs, and has reduced the amount of wastewater spills within city limits. ~ Sena Christian