Public Works


Welcome to the Des Moines Public Works Department. You may not think about us all the time, but we're constantly working to make your life and your city better for you. Our department impacts Des Moines residents' lives in many ways as we keep Des Moines moving.

What We Do

The Department of Public Works provides day-to-day maintenance of the City's infrastructure services in the areas of enterprise sewer maintenance and facility operation; levee reconstruction for Birdland and Central Place; sanitation, street maintenance, city storm and sanitary sewer operations; and emergency response for snow and ice, flood mitigation, and wind storm mitigation.

For resident convenience, the Public Works department staffs a 24-hour call center.


The mission of the Department of Public Works is to plan, construct, and maintain the infrastructure of the community. We provide essential services that ensure safety, protect public health, and safeguard the environment through resource recovery.

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We are here to serve you 24-hours a day, seven days a week. You may contact the Public Works 24-hour Customer Service Center at (515) 283-4950. You may also contact Public Works by email or by using our convenient online submission forms.

Des Moines Public Works
216 SE 5th St.
Des Moines, IA 50309
24/7 Customer Service:
(515) 283-4950

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