The Public Works Department is responsible for operation and maintenance of the City infrastructure, including the water and sewer systems, industrial waste system, streets, parks, swimming pool, parking lots and government buildings. Public Works also provides inspection of private and public construction projects on public streets and properties, and supervises City Engineering Services.
Deferred maintenance in both infrastructure and equipment due to past years’ budget constraints is beginning to take its toll. The City is fortunate to have funds available this year to fund a number of capital projects which will address deterioration we have experienced in our parks, sewer and water systems. These projects are listed in the Capital Improvement Plan.
In addition, staff hopes to begin to address our need for improved street maintenance and equipment replacement in the coming fiscal year. The Public Works Department Three Year Operational Plan covers our proposal in detail.
How is the data retrieved if the signal is low or non-existent?
There are very few isolated areas of Sebastopol with poor cellular service that may prohibit the needed connection to the real time data. If this is the case, Public Works staff would retrieve the data manually with a handheld device that would then show the entire trend of the water usage report.
What is a cellular water meter system and how does it work?
A cellular water meter system is an updated water meter that allows utility managers and customers to monitor their activity in real-time. This improves leak detection and provides more opportunities for water conservation. Your meter measures the quantity of water used in your household. Flow is measured electronically at hourly intervals and updated every 24 hours for billing and leak detection.
The system uses existing cellular technology that is already in place.
Since Sebastopol is on a well and the city sells a lot of the water to outsiders, this is what I am told. Why don’t you stop selling the water so we don’t have to cut back so much and create a back up plan with the water for Sebastopol?
The City of Sebastopol sells less than 3% of total water produced to outside users. These are our neighbors who otherwise would have no access to potable water. These customers are subject to the same 25% reduction mandate that customers within Sebastopol city limits must adhere to.
How many City of Sebastopol employees will lose jobs due to automation?
No City employees would lose their jobs due to water meter reading automation. Cellular water meters create an opportunity to make better use of Public Works staff time to maintain and manage the water system.
Why don’t you use city employees?
With the limited staffing levels of the Public Works Department it would prolong implementation due to the amount of workload it would take to complete a systemwide meter replacement program. It would be extremely difficult to take away from the daily requirements and maintenance commitments to dedicate our current employees to this task.