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The City of Riverside removes graffiti within 24 hours!
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The Public Works Department provides graffiti abatement services throughout the City of Riverside striving to provide removal within 24 hours of report.
Graffiti Abatement field personnel remove graffiti 7 days per week. Crews work Monday through Friday from 6:30 to 4:00, with a crew member working Saturday and Sundays from 7:00 to 4:00.
Each of the graffiti removal work vehicles is outfitted with a trailer mounted pressure washer unit to aid in the quick removal of graffiti.
The units are equipped to recover wash water runoff from the activity. Each crew member completes service requests and proactive removal within their respective geographical areas.
The city utilizes contracted services to provide high-pressure dry sandblasting to clean concrete surfaces such as light poles, concrete block walls, and sidewalks that are hard to clean with wet sandblasting methods.
Currently the city does not have equipment capable of performing these services. Contracted services are assigned proactive routes and utilized for the heavy graffiti locations where city equipment is not as efficient.
In, February 2008, the Public Works Department demonstrated a technique using sand blasting as an alternative removal technique. The technique uses Air Resources Board (ARB) approved sand and walnut particles to blast off the layers of paint exposing the natural surfaces, without causing damage to the environment. This was demonstrated at Mt. Rubidoux by restoring many rocks to their natural state.