This week is National Public Works Week

It’s National Public Works Week

NEWTON, N.C. – This week is National Public Works Week, and Newton is proud to have a group of committed public works employees who work around the clock to keep the city running.

Instituted as a public education campaign by the American Public Works Association in 1960, National Public Works Week calls attention to the importance of public works in community life. The week seeks to enhance the prestige of the often-unsung heroes of our society—the professionals who serve the public good every day with quiet dedication.

Here are some facts about the Newton Public Works Department:

Street Department

  • Nine full-time employees
  • Maintains 77 miles of roads and 27 miles of sidewalks
  • Duties include:
    • Pothole and utility cut patching
    • Street sweeping
    • Drainage of city streets
    • Snow and ice removal
    • Curbside leaf collection
    • Mowing
    • Sidewalk maintenance
    • Special projects

Water Distribution/Wastewater Collection

  • Nine full-time employees
  • Maintains 188 miles of water, 150 miles of sewer lines, and 8 sewer pump stations
  • Duties include:
    • Water/sewer taps, installing new water/sewer lines
    • Water leaks
    • Sewer overflows/backed up sewers
    • Maintaining pump stations


  • 14 full-time employees
  • Serves 5,440 residential customers and more than 100 businesses with:
    • Curbside garbage collection
    • Recycling
    • Yard waste collection
    • Brush collection/mulch delivery
    • Whitegoods (large appliances)


  • 12 full-time employees
  • Serves almost 4,800 customers
  • Duties include:
    • Repairing street lights
    • Installing security lights
    • Installing underground services/new services
    • Reading almost 9,000 meters a month
    • Trimming trees
    • Maintaining generators, substations, and all lines that run through the city

Fleet Maintenance/Garage

  • Two full-time employees
  • Maintains all the maintenance and repair on all city vehicles used by Street, Water/Sewer, Electric, Administration, Water Treatment Plant, WWTP, and Sanitation departments. These two guys do an amazing job keeping the City’s vehicles running so the staff can provide all the above services to our citizens.