May 16 to 22 is National Public Works Week! This year, we recognize that Public Works staff are 'stronger together' and challenges everyone to think about the role public works plays in creating a great place to live. By working together, the impact citizens and public works professionals can have on their communities is magnified and results in the ability to accomplish goals once thought unattainable. Let's celebrate with these 10 fun facts about the Public Works profession in Newmarket:
See what Public Works has been up to during the pandemic and how they are stronger together by watching the video below!
fun facts about Public Works Services
- Over 500+ trees were planted last season in an effort to continue to grow the Town's tree canopy as proposed in the Urban Forestry Management Plan.
- Public Works staff maintain over 340 km of water mains, 3,800 municipality-owned and maintained water vales and 2,266 municipality-owned fire hydrants. To ensure the highest quality of water for our community, Public Works staff test 24 samples of water on a weekly basis for E.coli, other forms of bacteria and contaminants such as lead.
- Our fleet team of mechanics is responsible for repairs and maintenance of all vehicles and equipment used by Town of Newmarket staff. This includes snowplows, sidewalk snow plows, Town of Newmarket cars and trucks, forestry trucks, lawn mowers, zamboni's and more!
- A zamboni driven by a Public Works Service staff member takes approximately 8 laps to complete one ice surface. The ice surface at a Town of Newmarket rink is approximately 1¼ inch to 1 inch 1/2.
- Public Works staff conducted over 1,000 inspections along our parks and trails last season to ensure they are safe for use during much-needed recreational activities.
Public Works staff work around the clock during the winter months to ensure that all roads and sidewalks are salted, sanded and plowed for our community. Last year, they responded to over 41 winter events, which equates to equates to salting and/or plowing 624 km of roads and 453 km of sidewalks and trails for each event. During the winter, you can track snowplowing status by using the Locate my Plow app!
Public Works staff completed ober 6,100 drinking wate rquality tests last year to ensure Newmarket's water is safe and always the highest quality.
- Public Works road staff complete work such as catch basin cleaning, line painting and road improvements such as resurfacing and pothole repairs and more to ensure that you can get from point A to B safely.
- During the pandemic, Public Works Staff conducted over 500 pool tests to ensure public pools are always safe for use.
- Public Works staff completed over 900 work orders to repair and maintain all vehicles and equipment (these include fire trucks, Town vehicles, tractors, grass cutting equipment and more)
About National Public Works Week
National Public Works Week takes place from May 16 to 22. This year marks the 61st annual National Public Works Week in North America. Canadian Public Works Association has selected Stronger Together as its theme for 2021 National Public Works Week. This year's theme highlights the impact that public works professionals have on modern civilization.
Public Works Services determines a society's quality of life through providing clean water, disposing of solid waste, building roads and bridges, removing snow on roadways and devising emergency management strategies to meet natural or manmade disasters and more.
The Canadian Public Works Association and the Town of Newmarket honours the vital contribution public works professionals make everyday to communities all across North America and invites the public to celebrate their quiet dedication and indispensible influence on our way of life.