The Public Works Department is made up of various sub-departments including Fleet, Line Repair, Streets/Stormwater and Traffic, Wastewater, and Water. Each week, over 100 employees are responsible for the maintenance, monitoring, and improvement of existing and new infrastructure across League City which includes everything from roadways and traffic lights to storm drains, sewers, and water production.
Below are some tips and projects they are working on:
As we approach the winter months the Wastewater Department has a list of tasks to be completed to prepare for a possible freeze in accordance with the department’s winter freeze action plan. Testing and inspecting generators are one of those tasks. Despite the end of hurricane season when the generators were maintained, it is still important to make sure our backup power sources are in excellent working condition. There are 21 stand-by generators, four at the City’s two treatment facilities and 17 major lift stations throughout the City plus one portable generator that must be maintained. These pieces of equipment ensure that the Wastewater Department can maintain operations during any power outage event.
Winterizing/Freeze protection is a very important part of the Water Production Department annual preventive maintenance program. Operators and Maintenance Technicians utilize pipe insulation, heaters, heated blankets and electrical heat tape on critical water lines and instrumentation components that have the potential to crack or burst during freezing temperatures. Ensuring proper protection at all water sites during freezing temperatures, allows the operation process to provide continuous uninterrupted water service during emergencies.
Career Day at Calder Elementary School
League City Public Works Department attends Career Day at Calder Elementary School. The League City Arborist with representatives from Stormwater and Vegetation Management talked with school children about a day in the life of a Public Works Employee. The outdoor show and tell event with the kids gave them an up-close look at a some of the large equipment that is used in the day-to-day operations. The school children were very excited to look, listen, and learn all about our operations. It was an excellent event to teach the future generation about a life of Public Service, emphasize safe work practices, and to tell them about safety when travelling by a work zone.
Woodpeckers and Trees:
Are woodpeckers good or bad for your trees? The answer is both…but, mostly good. Although woodpeckers make small holes in the bark with their beaks, they’re feeding on insects in your tree (and rarely kill healthy trees). Woodpeckers seek out and devour harmful insects like ants, caterpillars, and various woodborer beetles. Common Woodpecker species in our area include: Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, and Red-headed Woodpecker.
Check out the following website for more information on Woodpeckers and trees: https://www.birdsandblooms.com/birding/birding-basics/do-woodpeckers-kill-or-damage-trees/