National Public Works Week: May 17-23

National Public Works Week (NPWW) is a celebration of the tens of thousands of men and women in North America who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works.

  • Wastewater
  • Water Operations
  • Field Services
  • Solid Waste
  • Waste & Recycling Drop-off Center
  • Utilities-Customer Service
  • Customer Service
  • Utility Billing
  • Conservation Outreach & Education
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MERF & Public Drop Off Staff Solid Waste
Customer Serv Water Operations
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As the City’s largest department, the Public Works and Utilities Department operates and maintains nearly all of the City’s infrastructure while also providing many of the City services that residents use on a daily basis.

Who fixes the potholes, removes graffiti, sweeps the streets, keeps the water flowing, collects and treats the sewage, repairs street lights, builds nature trails, maintains the fire engines and police cars, plans and builds streets and  bridges, and empties the garbage and recycle carts? The Public Works and Utilities Department staff works hard to provide these and other essential services to our residents and businesses.

The Public Works & Utilities Department operates and maintains the City’s regional potable water system, the sanitary and storm sewer systems, the wastewater treatment and water recycling plant, the collection of garbage and recyclables from City residents and businesses through curbside collection and the Harvest Drive Public Drop-Off Center all while ensuring that the City complies with all regulatory requirements and helping to advance the City’s sustainability goals.The Public Works and Utilities Engineering Division designs and oversees construction of many of the City’s road and utilities projects, manages the City’s traffic systems and Watsonville Municipal Airport. The Environmental Education Division operates the Environmental Science Workshop and the Ramsay Park Nature Center and provides classroom education and related field trips to our community schools to teach water conservation, recycling, and watershed management.

The Department staff takes great pride in providing services to our community in an efficient and cost-effective manner while also providing excellent customer service.

History of National Public Works Week

Instituted as a public education campaign by the American Public Works Association (APWA) in 1960, NPWW calls attention to the importance of public works in community life. The Week seeks to enhance the prestige of the often-unsung heroes of our society-the professionals who serve the public good every day with quiet dedication.

APWA encourages public works agencies and professionals to take the opportunity to make their stories known in their communities. Over the years the observances have taken many forms, including parades, displays of public works equipment, high school essay contests, open houses, programs for civic organizations and media events. The occasion is marked each year with scores of resolutions and proclamations from mayors and governors, as well. Some special highlights of NPWW include a United States Senate resolution affirming the first National Public Works Week in 1960, letters of acknowledgment from Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Lyndon Johnson, and a Presidential Proclamation signed by John F. Kennedy in 1962.

From the beginning, the selection of a Top Ten list of exceptional public works professionals has been a cornerstone of NPWW. The program has identified more than 400 men and women who reflect the highest standards of professional conduct for public works officials. These honorees have been recognized for discharging critical responsibilities in connection to the design, construction, maintenance and/or operation of major public works projects or activities in large and small municipalities throughout North America. Often their accomplishments are particularly noteworthy in relation to the limited manpower and financial resources available to them.

National Public Works Week is observed each year during the third full week of May. Through NPWW and other efforts, APWA seeks to raise the public’s awareness of public works issues and to increase confidence in public works employees who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for present and future generations.

The National Public Works Week How-To Guide is one of several resources the Association makes available to agencies to assist them in the development and implementation of their own individual celebrations. With this tool, an agency will learn how to create proclamations and solicit endorsements from government officials, develop media and press releases, write editorials and articles, and generate material for speeches. There are also several suggestions for celebratory activities to be implemented at the local level.

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