Halton Region is proud to celebrate National Public Works Week (NPWW), which runs from May 17 to May 23, 2015. Celebrated in municipalities across the country, NPWW recognizes the tens of thousands of North American men and women who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works, such as planning, waste management, transportation, water and wastewater services.
NPWW provides us with a great opportunity to recognize the commitment and hard work of all public works professionals in our community and increase awareness of the important services they provide in the region and our Local Municipalities. It is appropriate that the theme of this year’s National Public Works Week is “Community Begins Here.” Halton’s PW staff work diligently to help us plan healthy, complete communities and protect the natural environment, two of the priority areas identified in Halton Region’s Strategic Action Plan 2015 – 2018.
To help plan and deliver healthy, complete communities to our residents and businesses, our dedicated PW staff is committed to continually improving the Region’s transportation network—a safe, well-managed network, which currently includes 309 km of Regional Roads, 90 bridges and 232 traffic signals.
Our dedicated PW staff also helps the Region deliver infrastructure to support growth in urban areas across Halton. Our staff:
- deliver safe, high quality drinking water through six Halton water purification plants;
- operate seven wastewater treatment plants and the Halton Waste Management Site; and
- help the Region promote the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) across residents, schools and businesses.
This year alone, Halton Region is making a significant commitment to infrastructure by investing over $300 million in water, wastewater, transportation, waste management and planning projects. Over the next 10 years, the Region will invest $2.9 billion in infrastructure projects—all part of Building a Better Halton, Halton Region’s infrastructure construction plan for roads, water, wastewater and waste management projects across the Region. It’s our commitment to improving your quality of life through reduced commute and drive times, high-quality water supply and wastewater collection, and the creation of sustainable communities.
On behalf of Regional Council, I would like to thank our Public Works (PW) staff for the important work they accomplish 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
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