Gem of the Day 3/19: College Station Public Works, Water Departments Receive Accreditation

By: College Station Email
By: College Station Email

The City of College Station’s Public Works and Water Services departments have become only the fourth municipal agency in Texas and the 77th in the nation to receive a prestigious accreditation award from the American Public Works Association.

The accreditation program recognizes public works agencies that go beyond the requirements of established industry practices. Accredited agencies meet or exceed standards of performance in areas such as water, solid waste management, street/sewer repair and maintenance, engineering, building maintenance, storm water drainage, traffic safety, environmental services and vehicle maintenance.

“The accreditation program has improved the effectiveness and competencies of our department,” Public Works Director Chuck Gilman said. “We are committed to continuous improvement and in-depth self-assessment of all that we do.”

“This accreditation enhances programs that protect the health and safety of our citizens, and the projects that maintain and allow our city to grow,” Water Services Director David Coleman said. “The high level of dedication and service of our staff make it very deserving of this prestigious award.”

The award was based on a December evaluation of College Station’s operations by a team of public works professionals from Arizona, Kansas, Michigan and Missouri.

"College Station is to be highly credited for creating the impetus for organizational self-improvement and raising the bar of their standards,” APWA Credentialing Director Ann Daniels said. “They have improved their public works performance and their provision of services for citizens.”

The Public Works and Water Services departments will be recognized for the award at the March 22 regular meeting of the College Station City Council.

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