The City of Houston Public Works and Engineering Department provides many of the basic services that affect the daily lives of everyone who lives and works in Houston. Primarily, the department is responsible for all the things we take for granted on a daily basis: the administration, planning, maintenance, construction management and technical engineering of the City's infrastructure. This includes the production and distribution of over 146 billion gallons of water per year and the treatment of over 90 billion gallons per year of wastewater. That is enough to fill the Astrodome four times per day with fresh water and over twice per day with wastewater. It also includes the maintenance of the City's over 16,000 lane miles of streets, over 60,000 stormwater manholes, over 100,000 stormwater inlets, over 900,000 street name and traffic control signs, over 17,000 freeway and under bridge light fixtures, over 50,000 fire hydrants and traffic signals at over 2,000 intersections.
- FY15 Engineering and Construction Management Services Selections
- Revisions - Stormwater Standards
- Houston's Department of Public Works & Engineering Recieves Prestigious APWA Accreditation
- Standards Review - Streets
Public Works Divisions
The Engineering and Construction Division is responsible for the implementation of all design and construction infrastructure projects in the city's adopted five year capital improvement plan (CIP).
The Planning and Development Services Division is responsible for capital improvement planning, utility system planning, real estate sales and acquisitions, and the building and sign permitting and inspection process. PDSD also houses the Office of the City Engineer.
The Public Utilities Division consists of approximately 1475 drinking water and wastewater professionals including engineers, scientists, and facility operations and maintenance personnel. The City of Houston Water and Wastewater Utility is a regulated public health agency governed by federal and state laws.
The Resource Management Division is responsible for managing, monitoring and control of the Department's finances.
The Street and Drainage Division is responsible for the safe operating condition of city streets and bridges, drainage ditches and storm sewers, and vehicle maintenance.
The Traffic Operations Division (TOD), headquartered at 611 Walker St., is responsible for overseeing the transportation infrastructure that spans Houston's 640 square miles and 6,000 center lane miles of streets.