PUBLIC WORKSThe Public Works Department is a large, full service organization providing planning, design, construction, maintenance and repair, and operation of City infrastructure including utility systems and City building and facilities. The Department is also responsible for City cleanliness and manages the solid waste collection and disposal program. The Department is represented by a multitude of professional, semi-professional and licensed disciplines working in Administration, Engineering, Transportation Management, Streets and Streetlights, Environmental Resources Management, Property Management, all in the General Funds. The Water, Sewer, Stormwater and Sanitation Divisions are in the Enterprise Funds.
The Administration Division directs the streets and street lighting, engineering, construction management, environmental resources management, water, sanitary sewer and storm water divisions in conducting their operations and achieving their goals.
The Streets and Street Lighting Section is responsible for the repairs and maintenance of 360 lane miles of asphalt pavement, 250 miles of sidewalk, 200 miles of curb/gutters, 29 City-owned bridges, 33 miles of Alleyways and 7,300 feet of seawalls (City-owned). Street Lighting responsibility includes 6,200 street lights, 250 miles of underground wiring, and 1,600 landscape up lights.
The Water Section is responsible to provide reliable and high quality water that protects public health and safety and complies with all federal, state and local regulations. The Division is responsible for operation, repair and maintenance of City's water distribution system. The water section focuses on preventative maintenance programs with the goal of reducing water leaks, water main breaks and fire hydrants out of service. This includes 180 miles of piping, 23,000 water valves, 750 fire lines, 1,000 fire hydrants, 86 water crossings, 4 water storage tanks (3 million gallons each), 5 water pump stations and 12,500 water meters.
The Sewer Section is responsible to operate and maintain a reliable sanitary sewer system that protects public health and safety and complies with all federal, state and local regulations. The Division installs, maintains the City's sewer collection and conveyance system and its appurtenances. This includes 152 miles of sanitary pipes, 2,750 sewer manholes and 23 sewer pump stations. It is responsible for the efficient collection and conveyance of approximately 26 million gallons of sewer per day, including the waste water from four neighborhood cities in the north.
The Storm Water Utility Section is responsible for operating and maintaining a reliable stormwater collection and conveyance system that protects public health and safety and complies with all federal, state and local regulations. This includes 59 miles of drainage pipes, 82 gravity drainage wells, 4 injection wells, 353 stormwater outfalls. 172 drainage basins, 6,000 catch basins and 3,000 manholes. This division is responsible to reduce and eliminate polluted storm water run-off; complying with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements; and relieving flooding conditions.
" We are dedicated to provide effective and efficient public works services and maintain the City infrastructure to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of all who live, work, and play in our vibrant, tropical, historic community. "