DPU Citizens’ Academy is Accepting Applications

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Attend DPU Citizens’ Academy!

If you’re a City of Richmond resident and always wondered about the inner-workings of your public utilities department, now’s your opportunity to see what goes on inside!

DPU Citizens’ Academy is four sessions, every Tuesday afternoon in October from 4-6 p.m., and includes tours of various facilities and projects, including the Water Plant near the Carillon, the Wastewater Plant off Maury Street, and the Operations Center at Jefferson Davis and Maury.
Seating is limited, and those who have not attended in the past will get priority seating.
Call 646-5463 for an application or more information. Applications are due Sept. 29!
What is the Citizens’ Academy?
The City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Citizens’ Academy is a four-week program that provides Richmond citizens an inside look at the operations of DPU. Participants will be introduced to the fiveutilities DPU operates: natural gas, water, wastewater, stormwater, and electric streetlighting. Tours of various DPU facilities and demonstrations of equipment will be conducted. This program will provide citizens an opportunity to ask questions about the department’s operations.

What is the schedule?
The Citizens’ Academy is a four-week program and will take place on Tuesday evenings from 4-6 p.m. beginning Oct. 6 and each subsequent Tuesday. Each week, you’ll meet at a different location. Selected participants will be provided with more details.
Who can participate?
Individuals wishing to participate in the City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities Citizens’ Academy must be:
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • A resident of the City of Richmond.
Note: Class size will be limited to 20 participants and will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. Any applications exceeding the class capacity will be carried over to the next academy. First-time attendees will be given priority.
Are there any physical requirements?
There are no physical requirements. You will not be asked to do anything you do not want to do or are incapable of doing. However, a majority of the sessions involve walking tours so you may want to factor this in your decision.
Is there a fee?
This is a community service program of the City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities. There is no fee to participate. However, participants are encouraged to commit the time to attend each session.
How do I apply?
For information and/or questions about the City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities Citizens’ Academy contact:
City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities Communications Division
Email Rhonda Johnson or call 804-646-5463
Applications are due Sept. 29!
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