Public Works and Utilities Department

To start, stop or transfer utility services, or ask questions about your monthly utility bill call (509) 962-7201 or visit billing online


Public Works and Utilities is responsible for implementing capital improvement plans, and maintenance and operations for the city's electric, water, gas, and wastewater distribution systems; managing activities in support of the city's stormwater permit; and operating the public transit system, Central Transit.

 The Public Works and Utilities Department 
  • Maintains approximately 80 miles of streets
  • Manages a stormwater system of just over 2,000 catch basins, and over 45 miles of underground pipe
  • Delivers drinking water through over 103 miles of underground pipe
  • Receives and treats 3.54 million gallons per day of sewer and wastewater delivered via 80 miles of underground pipe
  • Distributes electricity through a network of 88 miles of power lines, and managing 3 electrical substations
  • Distributes natural gas via over 130 miles of pipeline
  • Promotes renewable energy options and operates the city's Renewable Energy Park which generates 304 kW of power daily
  • Provides mobility options including four fixed routes of bus service (Central Transit), paratransit and cabulance