Public Works

Public Works Dept. 475 Hilltop Ave
Rio Dell, CA 95562

The Public Works Department is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the City Water System, Sewer System, all city streets and related signage, city grounds and parks, and all public infrastructures. The Department has seven full time positions; 1 Director of Public Works, 2 Water/Wastewater Superintendents, and 4 Utility Workers.

Public Works Director: Kyle Knopp
Water and Streets Sup.: Randy Jensen
Wastewater Sup.: Rick Chicora
Utility: Austin Evans
Utility: James Goff
Utility: Dan Smith
Utility: Cameron Yaple

Public Works Divisions

Wastewater System

The Rio Dell wastewater system serves approximately 1,000 customers, and consists of a network of wastewater collection pipes, manholes, cleanouts, and pumps that convey wastewater to the treatment plant located at 475 Hilltop Drive. Wastewater treatment includes grit removal, primary clarifiers, and secondary treatment. Treated effluent (chlorinated and de-chlorinated) is discharged to the Eel River during winter months. The City of Rio Dell is discharging treated effluent during summer to percolation ponds along the Eel River under a Cease and Desist Order (CDO) from the Regional Water Quality Control Board. The City of Rio Dell has been moving forward with a Wastewater Improvement Project to address Cease and Desist Order No. R1-2005-0034, which requires a new effluent disposal system, and to address aging infrastructure at the existing Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF).

Water System

The Rio Dell water system serves approximately 1,100 customers and consists of a network of water mains, valves and storage tanks that deliver treated water from the plant located at 475 Hilltop Drive to water customers. Raw water is pumped from infiltration galleries under the Eel River to the treatment plant. The City has completed an approximately $8.5 million project to establish a new raw water intake below the Eel River, improve filtration, and rehabilitate the water distribution infrastructure. The completion of this project has lifted a water emergency declaration within the City that has been in place for over five years.