Thanking the Public Works teams that deliver essential services to the community every day

Posted on Sunday May 19, 2024

Waterloo Region – May 19 to 25, 2024, is National Public Works Week (NPWW); an opportunity to recognize public works professionals at the Region of Waterloo who deliver essential services to our community every day.

This year’s NPWW theme recognizes Public Works employees’ hard work in advancing the quality of life for all through essential services.

“On behalf of Regional Council, I would like to extend my thanks to our public works staff who ensure the essential services we rely on every day continue to be delivered today and as we grow to a million people,” said Regional Chair Karen Redman.

Did you know that the Region’s Public Works teams:

•        Manage over 153,000 tonnes of waste collected.

•        Care for over 33,000 trees.

•        Maintain over 1,660 intersections with traffic signals or stop signs.

•        Ensure the quality of over 61.7 million cubic metres of drinking water.

•        Treat over 57.4 million cubic metres of wastewater.

•        Process over 574,000 cubic metres of biosolids for use on agricultural lands and mine sites land reclamation.

•        Plan, build and manage over $6.8 billion of projects in the 10-year Capital Budget Forecast that keeps our community thriving.

•        Create and install over 29,000 road signs.

•        Maintain over 1,100 kms of road and bike lanes.

•        Care for over 3,200 culverts.

•        Service over 800 vehicles from across the Region.

•        Process close to 50,000 work orders a year to keep facilities maintained.

•        Support over 5,000 housing units and over 850 buildings across the region.

“Right here at home, our teams work to keep us connected to the places we need to be, the services that make our community thrive, and the programs that improve our quality of life every day…all done with care. Thank you for everything you do every day,” said Jennifer Rose, commissioner, Engineering and Environmental Services.

The dedicated public works staff keeps our roads safe, ensures quality drinking water, builds facilities and maintains infrastructure for our growing community, manages and maintains our fleet of cars, trucks and emergency vehicles, stewards our waterways, trees, and environment, and optimizes our landfills and waste collection.

“The Region prides itself in the level of service we provide our residents and businesses, but we are just as proud of the commitment and dedication our public works colleagues bring to their jobs in making our community a place we not only want to live and work, but thrive in,” said Doug Spooner, acting commissioner, Transportation Services.

About National Public Works Week
Since 1960, the American Public Works Association has sponsored National Public Works Week. Across North America, our more than 32,000 members in the US and Canada use this week to energize and educate the public on the importance of public works to their daily lives: planning, building, managing, and operating at the heart of their local communities to improve everyday quality of life.

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