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2013-2014BudgetStoryCityoMelissatexas15PUBliCWoRKsSaFeWaterthroughProaCtIVemeaNSSaFePraCtICeSProCedureSKeePItFloWINgTheWaterDepartmentprovidessafedrinkingwaterthroughoutthecommunitybyproac-tivemaintenanceofpumpstationsstoragefacilitiesvalveshydrantsmetersanddistribu-tionlines.TheCertifiedWaterOperatorsgathersampleseachmonthandtestthewatertoensureitispotableandsafeforeveryone.InMelissatherearemorethan47milesofwatermainswithvalvesapproximatelyevery1000feet.Thereareover370firehydrantsinthesystemwhichareinspectedandtestedannuallyforfireprotection.TheWaterDepartmentalsotakescareofover2030meterconnectionsandreadsthosemetersonamonthlybasis.Thedepartmentpersonnelareveryproactivewithwaterleaklinerepairstoensurethatthereislittletonointerruptionofservicewhilemaintainingsafedrinkingwater.ItisthegoaloftheWaterDepartmenttoachievetheSuperiorWaterSystemcertificationfromtheTexasCommissiononEnvironmentalQuality.TheWastewaterDepartmentinspectsmaintainsandrepairstheCityswastewatercollectionsystem.Thesystemismadeupof43milesofcollectionlinesandmorethan450manholesandfourmeteringstations.Thewastewatercollectionsystemdoesjustthatitcollectsandthentrans-portsthewastestotheWilsonCreekTreatmentPlantthatispartoftheNorthTexasMunicipalWaterDistrict.TheWastewaterDepartmentalsoinspectsthelargetransmissionlinesinremoteareasandmaintainstheright-of-waysonanan-nualbasis.AllflowfromtheCityofMelissaismonitoredmeasuredandrecordeddaily.TheWastewaterDepartmentensuresthatthereisacontinuousunobstructedflowtoaidintheprotec-tionoftheCityscitizensandtheenvironment.43mccnn47mwrmn370frhdrn2030mrcnncn450mnhThePublicWorksDepart-mentsprimaryobjectiveistobenefityouthecitizenTheseunsungheroesdedi-catethemselvesonadailybasistoensureeverythingrunssmoothlyincludingwaterflowingthroughyourfaucetmaintainingourparksandstreetsandflush-ingtoiletstonameafew.Itsnoteasytounderstandallthedifficultdutiestheyperformbutitiseasytoappreciatehavingahard-workinggroupworkingonyourbehalf.-JulieAndersonThehealthandsafetyofourcitizensisPublicWorksleadinggoal.ThisisachievedthroughdeliveryofasafepotabledrinkingwatermaintainingtheCitysinfrastructureandpreventativemaintenanceprograms.PublicWorkspersonnelarededicatedtoprovidingthebestcustomerservicethroughprofessionalismhardworkefficiencyandknowledgefromexperienceandcontinuedtraining.-JeffCartwrightDirectorofPublicWorks