It is the mission of the Public Works Department to protect and maintain the public’s investment in municipal infrastructure, and to provide a safe and healthy environment for the residents of Jackson. Public Works activities take place within the public right-of-way, under or immediately adjacent to City streets, and in municipal parks, buildings, and open spaces.
Key services include operation and maintenance of city facilities, parks, streets, storm drains and operation of the wastewater treatment plant. Public Works employees also respond 24/7 to emergencies, whether flooding, sewer back-ups or assistance with other public safety incidents.
The Public Works Department is developing a Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP) to reduce the number of sanitary sewer overflows in the wastewater collection system. The SSMP mission statement reads, "Our environment will be best preserved by responsibly maintaining, studying, and planning our wastewater collection system." The City has adopted an implementation schedule in compliance with the State Water Resources Control Board Order No. 2006-003 and is continuing to develop programs to improve the maintenance of the collection system and reduce the likelihood of overflows in the future. Click here for more information about this program and the implementation schedule for all SSMP activities. A binder with all related information is available for public review in the City Clerk's office at City Hall.
The City’s wastewater discharge permit (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System – NPDES) with the California Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) was renewed in October 2007. This permit includes several significant requirements that are impacting the cost of operating the wastewater plant as well as costly studies to determine whether the City may continue discharging its treated effluent into Jackson Creek.
The key issue facing the City is whether concerns raised by the State Department of Public Health regarding the use of Jackson Creek/Lake Amador as a potable water supply warrants the reduction or elimination of the City’s treated effluent from the creek. Additional studies were required in the NPDES permit to address the State Department of Fish and Game concerns that removal of the City’s effluent from the creek could negatively impact fish and wildlife. The City is working with these two State agencies and the Regional Water Quality Control Board to protect ratepayers and meet the environmental concerns of these agencies.
» Sutter Street Extension Project
» NPDES Permit
» Beneficial Use Attainment Study for Wastewater Permit
» Wastewater Permit Compliance Update - February 2011 Update