Halton Region celebrates National Public Works Week

Halton Region is proud to celebrate National Public Works Week which runs from May 15 to May 21, 2011.  National Public Works Week is a celebration of the tens of thousands of men and women in North America who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works.  This year, the National Public Works Week’s theme is “Serving you and your community.”

National Public Works Week is a great opportunity to recognize the hard work and dedication by all of the public works professionals in our community.  On behalf of Regional Council I would like to recognize the important work that Public Works staff do 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Halton Public Works staff work diligently to provide a safe, well-managed transportation network, which includes 305 km of Regional Roads, 88 bridges and 208 traffic signals.  Staff also deliver safe, high quality drinking water through six Halton water purification plants, operate seven wastewater treatment plants, provide the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) to help residents, schools and businesses and operate the Halton Waste Management Site.

Halton Region schools and community organizations are encouraged to celebrate National Public Works Week by taking part in the various tours offered by Halton Region’s Public Works Department.  Week day tours are available all year round at the water purifications plants, wastewater treatment plants and the Halton Waste Management Site (HWMS).

This year alone, Halton Region is making a significant commitment to infrastructure – more than $190 million – through its Building a Better Halton plan. Building a Better Halton is the Region’s infrastructure plan for all public works projects and includes $63.4 million in water and wastewater projects and $132.6 million in transportation infrastructure improvements.

To learn more about National Public Works Week or Public Works facility tours contact Halton Region by dialing 311 or 905-825-6000, toll free 1-866-442-5866, TTY 905-827-9833 or visit us online at www.halton.ca.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”