San Mateo field crews respond to downed trees during storm
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National Public Works Week: Celebrating Field Crews

National Public Works Week is May 21 through 27. This week we are highlighting activities that the San Mateo Public Works Department is doing to make this community better for all residents. For instance, our field crews perform hundreds of jobs each day to maintain the health and safety of our community. Visit the city’s website for more information about your Public Works Department.

Field Maintenance Operations—Keeping San Mateo Working

Did you know that the Field Maintenance Operations division of the Department of Public Works touches nearly every aspect of San Mateo to keep it running smoothly? They do!

Here’s a sampling of the work they do!

  • Maintain 35 pump stations throughout the city. These facilities pump sewage and stormwater to keep the city clean and the streets clear.
  • Clean the sewer lines. On average, 1 mile of sewer line is clearer per day as part of the City’s preventative maintenance program.
  • Keep traffic signals working. They maintain 86 of the signals in the City, including installing signage and poles.
  • Maintain 7,000 street lights, which they are in the process of upgrading to cost- and energy-saving LED lights.
  • Perform weed abatement and creek cleaning at 36 locations in creeks, in easements and on our levees.
  • Sweep and clear leaves from 1,000 miles of City streets per month.
  • Perform street maintenance, such as fixing potholes and responding to debris in roadways.
  • Clean and maintain 5,000 storm drains, including hand cleaning of “hot spots” to help keep debris out of the stormwater system (and out of the lagoon and San Francisco Bay).
  • Respond to flooding, downed trees and sewer overflows during heavy rains

Keep reading throughout the week to learn all that San Mateo’s Public Works Department is doing to make the community better for all San Mateo residents.

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