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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.

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Corral the Grease This Holiday Season

Over the Counter and in the Trash: Put Cooking Grease in its Place

HOUSTON – From the bayous to the Beltway, Houston comes home for the holidays! And in many cultures, coming home means cooking at home, whether it’s fried turkey or fresh tamales, catfish or curry, gingerbread men or pudding – cooking is in full swing during the holidays. When the holiday cook...


This morning a city contractor working on an ongoing drainage improvement project along Genesee in the 4th Ward excavated a portion of the intersection at Andrews St. beyond the authorized limits of the project. The contractor was preparing the area for a new foundation for the reinstallation of ...

City of Houston Safe Sidewalks Program Announces New Contract Award

Over 2.5 miles of sidewalk improvements to be installed

HOUSTON - The City of Houston Department of Public Works and Engineering (PWE) is proud to announce the award of a new contract to Tikon Group, Inc. for the construction of sidewalk improvements. These sidewalk improvements in the community are part of PWE’s Safe Sidewalk Program which works to i...

City of Houston Public Works and Engineering Department to Perform Condition Assessment on 96-Inch Diameter Water Line as Part of Texas Department of Transportation Clinton Drive Reconstruction

HOUSTON - The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Harris County are currently designing improvements to Clinton Drive from North Wayside Drive to IH-610 which include rebuilding the entire four lanes of pavement and making adjustments to underground utilities. The underground utility ...

City Council Unanimously Approves 2016 Floodplain Management Plan and Related Program for Public Information Plan

Actions Maintain City’s Favorable Flood Insurance Rating

HOUSTON - Today, the Houston City Council (City) unanimously approved the 2016 City of Houston Floodplain Management Plan and related Program for Public Information. The two plans are required for the City’s continued participation in the Community Rating System (CRS) of the National Flood In...

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