Most people don't think about sewer maintenance too often, and that's the way we prefer it. Our job is to maintain and keep Des Moines' sewer system running at maximum capacity and to prevent major backup and overflow issues from our sewer system. This task involves a lot of preventative maintenance, routinely cleaning sewers and planning upgrades and improvements to increase the capabilities of Des Moines' sewers.
Sewer Maintenance Mission Statement
To systematically clean existing sanitary and storm sewers to maximize capacity and to reduce the backlog and overall cost of repair and maintenance.
Sewer Division Goals and Objectives
The Department of Public Works maintains a fleet of equipment and requires staff to provide routine and specialized cleaning of the City's 942 miles of sanitary sewers and 529 miles of storm sewers. The timely cleaning of the City's sewers reduces the potential for blockages and subsequent damage to private and public property.
The Department of Public Works utilizes existing personnel and equipment to perform in-house construction of mid-range stormwater related projects.
For a full list of ongoing projects, including Sewer Management Projects, in the City of Des Moines, please visit our Engineering Department's Projects and Studies page.