Can you imagine life without public works?

 

Most people take for granted that their trash will be picked up on time, their drinking water will be clean and public facilities will be properly maintained. But College Station’s public works infrastructure, facilities and services wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated professionals, engineers, managers and employees of the Public Works Department.

Efficient and professional public works programs manage our water, sewer, streets, traffic operations, drainage, fleet maintenance, public building maintenance, recycling and solid waste collection. These operations are vital for the safety, health and high quality of life we enjoy in our growing community.

This week marks the 54th annual National Public Works Week, which celebrates the thousands of men and women across the United States and Canada who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services known as public works.

National Accreditation

Did you know that College Station is one of only five municipalities in Texas with nationally accredited Public Works and Water Services departments? Administered by the American Public Works Association (APWA), the accreditation program recognizes agencies that go beyond the requirements of established industry practices.

National Public Works WeekThe College Station Public Works Department consists of eight divisions — Capital Projects, Facility Maintenance, Streets Maintenance, Drainage Maintenance, Traffic Operations, Sanitation, Fleet Services and Administration. Our 111 employees deliver sanitation services and plan, build and maintain the infrastructure that allows our community to grow and prosper.

About Public Works Week

Since 1960, the APWA has sponsored National Public Works Week as a way for its 28,000 members to educate the public on the importance of public works in their daily lives. The occasion is marked each year with scores of resolutions and proclamations from mayors, governors and presidents.

This year’s theme is “Building for Today, Planning for Tomorrow,” which represents the classic idea of stewardship embodied by public works and the professionals who practice it. The theme focuses on the daily, quality-of-life aspect of public works and references the sustainable practices that will help preserve that quality of life for future generations.

As we observe National Public Works Week, we honor and thank the employees of our Public Works and Water Services Departments for their professionalism, hard work and the high level of dedicated service they provide to our community every day.

Wally Urrutia
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