What We Do

The Public Works & Utilities Department operates and maintains nearly all of the City’s infrastructure while also providing many of the City services that residents use on a daily basis.


As the City’s largest department, the Public Works and Utilities Department operates and maintains:
  • The City’s regional potable water system
  • The sanitary and storm sewer systems
  • The wastewater treatment and water recycling plant
  • The collection of garbage and recyclables from residents and businesses through curbside collection and the Harvest Drive Public Drop-Off Center
Public Works accomplishes these responsibilities all while also ensuring that the city complies with all regulatory requirements and helping to advance the city’s sustainability goals. Additional responsibilities include:
  • The Public Works also designs and oversees construction of many of the City’s road through our Engineering Division.
  • The Public Works Conservation and Education Division provides residents and businesses with information, motivation and tools to conserve the natural resources managed by the Public Works and Utilities Department. 
The Department staff takes great pride in providing services to our community in an efficient and cost-effective manner while also providing excellent customer service.


  1. Water Division

    The Water Division is responsible for one of life’s most valuable resources: drinking water.

  2. Solid Waste Division

    The City of Watsonville’s Municipal Service Center provides a full range of integrated solid waste management services from source reduction to recycling and disposal.

  3. Engineering Division

    Public Works & Utilities’ Engineering Division provides management and technical support for all divisions within Public Works and Utilities Department.

  4. Wastewater Division

    The Wastewater Division serves as the first line of defense in protecting the Monterey Bay’s precious water quality.

  1. Water Resources Center

    The new Watsonville Area Water Resources Center supports the larger Water Recycling Project, a joint effort of the City of Watsonville and the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency to provide recycled water to farmers throughout the coastal areas of South Santa Cruz and North Monterey counties.

  2. Stormwater Program

    We strive to inform our residents, businesses and new developers about the impacts of stormwater pollution and the best practices to prevent it.

  3. Public Education

    Take a look at the public works and utilities programs, as well as important community information on emergency preparedness and water in Watsonville.