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An Extensive Team of Public Works Professionals

Every city requires an extensive team of public works professionals to keep it working and operating at its best. Sometimes we don’t realize how important these roles are to our communities’ success. Day in and day out people work to ensure that clean drinkable water is provided, waste is disposed of, roads and bridges are driveable and safe, and emergency strategies are in place in case of disaster.  A lot of this work goes on behind the scenes but this week is our time to thank and acknowledge the people that make this city not only liveable -but great!

Wilmington’s Department of Public Works will join more than 29,000 Public Works departments in the United States and Canada this week in celebrating National Public Works Week. The weeklong commemoration is an annual initiative of the American Public Works Association (APWA), a professional organization chartered in 1937 whose mission is to educate the public about the value and necessity of public works projects.

“I am incredibly proud of the contributions that our public works personnel make each and every day across our City,” said Mayor Purzycki.  “Commissioner Williams and I want citizens to understand the importance of public works in their daily lives, and to join with us in recognizing the employees who keep our city clean and running smoothly throughout the year.”

Residents and visitors are invited to stop by the interactive exhibits that will be on display in the lobby of the Louis L. Redding City County Building throughout the week. Departmental staff will be on hand to engage with citizens, provide information and answer questions.

The schedule for the week is:

  • Monday, May 21, Transportation Division (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, May 22, Water Division (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, May 23, Operations Division (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.) and “Touch a Truck” (11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the 800 block of North French Street)
  • Thursday, May 24, Engineering Division (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Join the conversation on a National Level by saying thanks with #NPWW and #PowerOfPublicWorks. 

For more information about Public Works Week in Wilmington, contact Janelle Delaney at (302) 576-3069, or email jadelaney@wilmingtonde.gov. For more information about the American Public Works Association, visit: https://www.apwa.net/.

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