May 16, 2016
Since the first National Public Works Week celebration in 1960, agencies, municipalities, and regions have used the third full week of May to educate and inform the public about the essential role that public works plays in the quality of their community life. Equally important are promoting the choice of public works as a career choice for the working force of the future and recognizing those whose who currently serve in these crucial public roles.
We value our communities and the role public works professionals play in keeping them safe and functioning smoothly. National Public Works Week is where we celebrate all the great things that the people of Public Works do. In the City of Portage la Prairie, public works is handled by our Operations Department. They maintain the City’s infrastructure – roads, drainage, water, sewer, boulevard trees, parks, Crescent Lake, playgrounds, sidewalks and paths, City buildings, and cemeteries. They also provide services such as water supply, sewage treatment, snow clearing, street sweeping, and garbage and recyclable materials collection.
Public Works can be found all around you. Because of public works your garbage is collected; your drinking water is tested to ensure it is safe and clean; the wastewater from your home is treated; and you have safe roads to drive on. So next time you go for a drive, ride on a bike trail, relax in a city park, stop to smell the flowers, enjoy a glass of water, flush the toilet, or have your recyclable material collected, remember – it’s all thanks to public works!
The 2016 National Public Works Week Poster theme is “Public Works Always There.” This theme showcases the pervasiveness of public works. Communities depend on public works, and the men and women of the profession are always there and always ready. For more information about National Public Works Week celebrations in North America, visit www.apwa.net/npww.
Happy National Public Works Week!