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Prize Winner Gets Waterwise Landscape Makeover

Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful’s contest winner had a waterwise garden makeover. In a double win, KRCB raised funds to continue their graffiti removal and clean up activities while show casing a trend many So Cal homeowners will be forced to confront in the coming months and years.

Projects like these and Western Municipal Water District‘s annual contests give home owners lots of possibilities for beautiful, low maintainence water wise gardens.

Heat Warning Issued for Desert Areas Cool Centers Open

June 17, 2009

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

News Release

Contact: Lois J. Carson, Executive Director

Community Action Partnership of Riverside County

(951) 955-4900

Danyte S. Mockus, Epidemiologist

Riverside County Department of Public Health

(951) 358- 5557

Heat warning issued for desert areas, cool centers to open

A heat warning for the desert areas of eastern Riverside County will start on June 18 and cool centers in the affected areas will be open.

The county Department of Public Health issues heat warnings when temperatures are expected to be over 100 degrees for three days or more. Any changes or updates on heat warnings will be posted at cool centers and at www.rivcoph.org/.

Individuals susceptible to heat, such as the elderly, are encouraged to visit a cool center during extended periods of high-heat days. Cool centers will provide snacks and water, in addition to activities and resource information.

People with the following symptoms of excessive heat should try to remain in a cool place and drink water to prevent dehydration:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness or muscle pains
  • Nausea and vomiting

For more information or for a list of cool center locations, call (888) 636-8676 or visit www.capriverside.org. Speech or hearing impaired individuals may call TTY (951) 955-5126. For a list of summer-weather information and health recommendations, visit www.rivcoph.org/.

The heat advisories and cool centers are services offered by the Community Action Partnership of Riverside County, Riverside County Department of Public Health, Riverside County Fire Department, Volunteer Center of Riverside County and the American Red Cross.

RCTC Welcomes EIR For Perris Valley Line

In a long overdue about face, the Riverside County Transportation Commission reports they welcome a complete environmental review of the Perris Valley Line.

They also say that they have most of the work done which is troubling as they wanted to gain approval of the project with a mitigated negative declaration.

That’s basically a document that ‘declares’ there are no significant or less than significant impacts from the project, based on their word.  It’s a very good thing they’ve made an apporpriate about face to consider our word as well.

Riverside Surpasses 1MW Local Solar Power Milestone

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 23, 2009

Contact: Austin Carter

RPU Public Information Officer

(951) 826-2139

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Eight years after its first solar energy project came online, the City of Riverside has surpassed the milestone of producing more than 1 megawatt (MW) of local solar energy.  One megawatt is enough energy to power 750 homes in Southern California.

“It is exciting to see that we’ve reached this goal so quickly,” said Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge. “We are well on our way to becoming a model solar city for Southern California and the nation.”

The milestone was reached just as the Casa Blanca Library reopens, after extensive interior remodeling, with a new 54.88 kilowatt (kW) solar energy system affixed to the top of the parking structure.  The Casa Blanca Library rededication ceremony is at 11 a.m., Saturday.

“We are very proud of this achievement,” said Riverside Public Utilities General Manager David H. Wright. “And we are thankful for a Board and City Council that have had the foresight over the years to fund and build projects, which not only provide clean, renewable energy for our city, but have educated our customers on the importance of solar energy and how they too can use it.”

To date, the utility has funded 12 solar energy projects; 11 of which are now online producing more than 1,121.69 kW.  Projects are located throughout the city, including roof-mounted solar systems on low-income housing units, a local senior center, a homeless services center, city pool facilities, city hall, and at local train stations.

In 2003, Riverside Public Utilities began offering a rebate program, which helps offset the costs of installing a residential solar energy system.  The program offers incentives of $3 per watt installed, up to $25,000 or 50 percent of the project costs (whichever is less).

With the addition of a commercial solar rebate program in 2008, the utility saw nearly a 42-percent increase in the number of projects applying for funding.  And, since July, has seen a 74-percent increase in projects that have been completed.

Surpassing the 1MW local solar milestone is just part of the larger goal the utility has set — receiving 50 percent of its total power from renewable resources by 2013.

For more information about the city’s solar projects and to see Riverside’s “Solar City Map” visit www.RiversidePublicUtilities.com/solar

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Established in 1895, Riverside Public Utilities is a consumer-owned water and electric utility governed by a Board of nine community volunteers that provides high quality, reliable services to over 107,000 metered electric customers and 63,400 metered water customers throughout the City of Riverside.  The Utility is committed to increased use of renewable energy resources and sustainable living practices that help reduce environmental impacts within the City of Riverside and the state of California.

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