What the DPW does

What does DPW do?

In 1975 the Department of Public Works (DPW) was formed to provide billing, maintenance, repair, connection, and service to the Township’s new water and sewer infrastructure.  The DPW team oversees approximately 90 miles of water main and 70 miles of sanitary sewer. Personnel maintain the pipes, two pumping stations (water), six pressure reducing valves (water), and five lift stations (sewer). 

Billing is provided for over 6,500 water and/or sewer accounts that include residential, commercial and industrial. Recently, the department has upgraded the meter-reading technology to radio remote reading capabilities.  This provides customers with historical water usage data when requested. 

The DPW is also responsible for overseeing the engineering and construction phases of all development under the jurisdiction of the Township’s ordinances while working in conjunction with Planning and Zoning and Building Department.  Staff prepares permits, schedules and performs water and sewer inspections, Miss Dig staking for water and sewer lines, sidewalk installation and repairs, and construction inspections for developments.

The Superintendent and staff are trained and attend classes periodically to maintain their EGLE certification and stay up-to-date on changing requirements.

The Superintendent is in charge of the enforcement of the Noxious Weed Ordinance which was established to cultivate a  welcoming community for our businesses, residents, and visitors. The Charter Township of Washington requires property owners to maintain their property.

Department of Public Works   (586) 786-0010 extension 2002