Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and limited staff members, the Department of Public Works is providing limited services until further notice. During this challenging time, residents are asked to remain patient as delays in service are expected. Please note that curbside trash and recycling pickups are not affected. Thank you for your cooperation, and stay safe.
The primary mission of the Department of Public Works and its various divisions is to provide a safe and secure environment for our residents, to regulate and administer a wide variety of cost-conscious, crisis responsive, 24/7 public services, and to protect the city’s interests in hiring outside contractors from initial bids to project completion.
The staff’s direct and supervisory responsibilities include:
Preparing reports, budgets, payrolls, purchase orders and communications regarding residential concerns and complaints for its various departments.
Preparing, reviewing and/or supervising bids, awards, grants, bonding projects, outside contractors, street approvals, along with various other new projects.
Managing various departmental maintenance activities, overseeing the compost site, Water Pollution Control Plant and waste disposal operations, and supervising and monitoring work performed by outside contractors.
Overseeing activities relating to the compost site, city roadways (including paving and curbing projects), sidewalk installation and repair, the city tree program and bridge projects.
Maintaining/improving the city’s stormwater drainage system (140 miles of sewer lines and 1,500 catch basins) and streets (repair/paving and winter plowing/sanding) and sidewalks (curbing projects).
Departments & Divisions
Highway/Park Maintenance: This department is responsible for the maintenance of 19 ballfields and three soccer fields, the upkeep of Nike Site Park, and the collection of rubbish along the bike path and beach.
Water Pollution Control Plant: As of June 1, 2011, the City of West Haven has resumed control and operation of its 12.5 million-gallon-per-day (MGD) Water Pollution Control Plant, 13 pumping stations and sanitary collection sewers. Call 203-937-3637 for 24/7 response to sanitary sewer information, questions or problems. See the Draft West Haven MS4 Annual Report 2019. See the Connecticut MS4 Stormwater Management Guide.
‘Greenscaping’ Your Lawn & Garden
American homeowners spend hundreds of hours each year mowing, clipping, raking and landscaping to keep their yards healthy and property attractive. Our landscaping practices produce huge amounts of waste. So much, in fact, that yard waste is second only to paper in the municipal solid waste stream. By following a few simple waste reduction practices, you will not only improve your lawn and garden but also the environment. Click here for “greenscaping” practices from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.