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The Public Works Department is the construction and maintenance department for the City of Conroe. We construct streets, water, sewer, drainage, buildings, parking lots, etc. as well as maintaining the same.
When major emergencies occur you usually think of the Police and Fire Departments, but Public Works plays a major roll in responding to emergencies providing assistance in major storms like hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms and floods. Although response to these emergencies may last for hours or even days, the clean up in the aftermath may take weeks to complete.
Public Works Administration
Public Works Administration is the major receiving office for all of the departments under Public Works. All calls and requests for service are received through this office and dispatched to the proper department and a work order is issued and tracked for service. The Public Works Department issues over six thousand work order requests per year.
Traffic Signal Maintenance
All traffic signals within the city limits of Conroe are maintained by Public Works Traffic Signal Maintenance Department. Any issues can be reported to Public Works by phone at 936-522-3885 or 936-522-3828 after hours and via email. When reporting traffic signal issues, please provide the following:
1. Location of intersection (cross streets, direction of travel, any landmarks or business at intersection)
2. Complete description of issue including time of day issue occurred, if possible.
Pump & Motor Maintenance
The Pump & Motor Maintenance Department is responsible for maintenance and repairs on all sewer lift stations, water well pumps and all welding/fabrication projects. Our Electricians do all the electrical maintenance for all city owned buildings, water plants, sewer plant, lift stations, parks, and Conroe Tower. The lift station operator checks all forty-nine lift stations on a daily basis, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
The Pump Technician and Pump Mechanic do maintenance and repairs to pumps and motors at the sewer plant, all lift stations, water plants and swim center.
The welder is a fabricator as well as a welder, he welds casing pipe for road bores, repairs truck beds, digging buckets, etc. on heavy equipment.
The Wastewater Treatment Plant personnel are responsible for the operation and maintenance of the wastewater treatment plant. The plant is located at 2400 Sgt. Ed Holcomb Blvd and is permitted by the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (T.C.E.Q.) for a maximum flow of ten million gallons per day (MGD). The current average flow is 7 million gallons per day. The permit issued by the T.C.E.Q. is part of the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) and is valid for five years.
The Industrial Pretreatment Program is a major provision to our TPDES permit that requires industries to pre-treat their wastewater to near domestic levels prior to discharge to the city.
Water and Sewer
The Water, Sewer and Capital Construction Department work together at all times, in other words you have water employees working on the same crews with sewer employees. One Superintendent is responsible for maintenance of the water plants, water system, sewer system, etc. The other Superintendent is responsible for construction. One Foreman is responsible for water plants, the second is responsible for the water and sewer system and the third is responsible for construction. Water Production maintains twelve water wells and nine water plants seven days a week, 365 days a year.
The Street Department performs many activities including street repair, overlays, maintenance on drainage systems, cleaning ditches, street signs, street sweeping, cleaning trash and brush off lots for code enforcement, setting driveway pipe, mowing right of ways, repair sidewalks and curbs, painting road stripes/buttons, reporting streetlight repairs to Entergy and banners on downtown poles. They also have the duty to set up barricades for high water, parades, catfish festival, etc.
The Drainage Construction Department main duty is the construction of new or improved drainage channels. In construction of new channels they must clear trees and brush, dig and slope new drainage channels, pour concrete slopes, install box culverts or pipe, place rip-rap rock on slopes, set or build inlet boxes, dig detention ponds, etc. This crew also does some maintenance on existing channels like cleaning and reshaping slopes.