The Public Works Department provides a wide variety of services that improve the quality of community life in Modesto
including: curbs, gutters and sidewalks, low cost water, wastewater storm drain and sewer
maintenance; airport, public transit, and streets maintenance.
The mission of the Public Works Department is to design, construct, operate and maintain public infrastructure
efficiently and effectively in order to protect public safety and enhance the quality of community life. The Department
accomplishes these goals through the work of three groups.
Transportation focuses on moving people. The transportation group provides the residents
of Modesto greater freedom, access and opportunity through the Modesto City-County Airport, Public Transit Systems,
Streets, and Fleet Services.
The City of Modesto domestic water system provides
safe and dependable water to Modesto and communities in the surrounding region including Waterford,
Hickman, Del Rio, Salida, Empire, Grayson, and small
portions of Ceres and Turlock. Since 1995, the Modesto
Regional Water Treatment Plant (MRWTP) has provided
treated surface water to the City of Modesto water
system. Remaining water needs are met with well water.
Responsible for maintaining the City’s sewer system, including the treatment process, the collection of
wastewater and storm drain run off, and assuring safe discharge of treated water returning to the San Joaquin River.
Also includes Environmental Services which is responsible for investigating environmental issues to guarantee the safety of
the City’s storm drain, wastewater and sanitary collection systems.