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Community invited to celebrate Public Works Week, May 25

Post Date:05/09/2017 12:56 p.m.

KENT, Wash. – May 9, 2017 – Residents don’t often think about the public works employees who make their city run so smoothly. It’s taken for granted that water will flow from the tap, toilets will flush, potholes will be filled and trees will be trimmed. But once a year, the city of Kent encourages residents to reflect on the comfort and quality of life that public works employees help provide.  

Residents can learn about these services firsthand by attending a free event Thursday, May 25, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at ShoWare Center, 625 W James St.   

“We value our community and the role public works professionals play in keeping our city functioning,” said Mayor Suzette Cooke. “This event is designed to increase public awareness of their contributions.” 

Among the many annual contributions Kent’s public works employees provide are the following:

  • Treatment of over 2.5 billion gallons of water to ensure it is safe to drink
  • Filling over 1,800 potholes
  • Reducing the safety threat of snow and ice on Kent's roads
  • Inspection/repair of 320 miles of city streets and over 300 miles of sidewalks
  • Maintenance of 280 miles of water pipes and 210 miles of wastewater pipes
  • Maintenance of police and emergency vehicles, communications, lighting and electronics
  • Hosting Kent’s recycling and conservation programs
  • Maintenance and repair over 17,000 street signs
  • Inspection/maintenance of over 13 miles of flood protection levees along the Green River. 

Along with introducing individuals to careers in the trades, the free event will feature climb-on displays of public works equipment including a backhoe, excavator and snowplow. Other highlights include interactive and informational displays and a scavenger hunt. 

“The Department of Public Works plays a key and daily role in our city’s growth, success and sustainability,” Public Works Director Tim LaPorte said. “I’m proud of our work and excited to shine some light on our efforts to improve the overall quality of life for Kent residents.” 

For more information about how Kent’s Public Works employees work to serve residents, visitors and businesses every day, visit KentWA.gov/PWW.

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