Public Works Projects

Recent projects include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Photo: Wastewater Treatment Solar Panel installationWastewater Treatment Plant upgrades, including
    • Major facility and process upgrades
    • Relocation of outfall to Umatilla River
    • Methane gas cogeneration
      • 25% heat energy - 115 kW power
      • 54% heat energy – water loop for digester
    • Solar energy production – 200 kW
    • Membrane retirement program (drinking water to wastewater)
  • Airport Connector Road construction
  • Water Treatment Plant expansion & upgrades
    • New membranes with 13% more capacity than older membranes
    • 6 million gallons per day to 9.8 million gallons per day capacity
    • Solar energy production – 100 kW
  • Aquifer Storage & Recovery (ASR) program expansion
    • 3 ASR wells expanded to 5 ASR wells
    • Doubling of stored water – 415 to 830 million gallons annually
    • Banking of stored water – 250 to 300 million gallons annually
    • Reversal of native groundwater declines
  • De-aeration facility at ASR Well #5
  • Hydropower development for all 5 ASR wells:
    • Regenerative drive technology – never used before in this application
    • Micro-turbine
    • 285 kW total
  • SW Quinney Bridge replacement
  • Coordination with Oregon Department of Transportation:
    • 4-mile overlay of Court / Dorion Avenues
    • Levee closure construction
  • Photo: 2012 Round-up Streetscape ImprovementsStreetscape improvements:
  • Solarize Pendleton
    • 300 kW - public works facilities
    • 238 kW - residential homes
    • 57 kW – commercial business
  • Long list of other various projects

Department works with citizens, private utilities, and developers in addressing:

  • Right-of-ways
  • Easements
  • Utility placement
  • Traffic lighting
  • Street improvements
  • Subdivision development
  • Local improvement districts
  • Municipal project development

Operating budget for the Department is over $9,500,000 annually, with an average of about $2,200,000 invested annually in capital improvements.  There are about 27 full-time employees and 4 part-time equivalent employees providing these services.