Planning for the future

Richmond’s Department of Public Utilities launched RVAH2O in 2014 to educate our community about ways it can help keep our local waterways pollution free. Simultaneously, RVAH2O stewards developed a program to integrate Richmond’s drinking water, wastewater and stormwater into one watershed management program.

DPU’s goal is to achieve “Cleaner Water Faster,” and RVAH2O is helping make that happen by working collaboratively with stakeholders to more efficiently reduce pollutant discharges into our rivers and streams. One stakeholder, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), worked with the City to issue one of the first integrated Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permits. Issued on October 1, 2018, the permit addresses requirements across wastewater and stormwater utilities and considers drinking water impacts.

Now, DPU is ready to implement a new RVA Clean Water Plan – a 200-page document that has been crafted over the last two years by water experts from government agencies, educational institutions like VCU and the University of Richmond, and local and state non-profits. We couldn’t have accomplished this without the passionate citizens who participated in the process.




Over the past three years, Richmond's water quality experts met regularly to build a consensus approach to developing an integrated plan. This plan is now complete and all efforts are now being placed into plan implementation. Any materials shared at these meetings can be viewed in the Technical Meeting Archives below: 

Partners in the Planning Process