This division’s responsibility is to maintain the numerous miles of water and sewer lines throughout the city as well as all sanitary sewer manholes and lift stations. The crew is on call 24/7 to assist citizens and businesses with any issues that may arise.
The Water & Wastewater Maintenance Division’s responsibilities are pretty self-explanatory, they maintain our water and wastewater lines, but there is quite a bit more to it than meets the eye. Each employee receives training from the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and maintain water distribution and wastewater collection licenses. The employees also receive continuing education courses to keep their licenses current.
Underground utility work can be very dangerous. There is the constant danger of hitting gas and other utility lines when performing underground work, as well as the risk of cave-ins when working in deep holes to make repairs. However, there is an added danger for the crew when working around human waste and biological hazards. When sewer lines bust, manholes overﬂow, or lift stations need repairs, the crew is exposed to sewer waste. Although every precaution is made, they still run the risk of exposure to harmful gases, infections and other health-related issues, with the greatest risk being Hepatitis. The crew prides themselves in performing their work as safely and efﬁciently as possible.