Public Works Department

Our Motto….

“Taking Pride in Our Community”

Public Works Department
350 W. Firebaugh Ave.
Exeter, CA  93221
Fax  559.592.3516

Public WorksStreet Maintenance

The street maintenance division is responsible for maintaining and repairing city streets and alleys.  The street division ensures that all traffic control markings such as crosswalks, legends, turn arrows, stop bars, center lines, etc., and signal lights and street signs are legible and visible to provide for vehicle and pedestrian safety.

The street sweeper runs on Tuesdays and Fridays sweeping all accessible curb and gutter areas in the city. The downtown area is swept twice per week and residential areas are swept every other week.

The street maintenance division can be contacted at 559.592.3318; Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  (more…)

Police Records

The communications staff is primarily responsible for coordinating communications when a call for service is reported within the city.  Initially all 911 calls are answered by the dispatch center and if the emergency involves E.M.S. or fire then the call is transferred to the applicable agency.  If a police response is warranted then the communications operator will coordinate all information between the responding officers and the reporting party.  Communications also processes all radio communications from the officers in the field and performs D.M.V. searches and all law enforcement data base searches.

Beginning in March of 2009, the Tulare County Sheriffs’ Department began providing 24/7 dispatching for the police department.  We also initiated an automated phone answering service for quicker routing of your phone calls and direct access to certain members of the department.

The records division handles all requests for copies of records; vehicle releases, registration of narcotics and sex offenders, and maintains copies of all police reports and citations.  They also are responsible for case packaging for submission to the District Attorneys office for the consideration of filing criminal complaints.

The police records division is open to lobby traffic during normal business hours and by calling 559.592.3103 option 2 then option 1.

Patrol Division

Most of the functions and duties of a police department are carried out by the patrol division. Patrol officers also have additional duties and assignments such as neighborhood watch. Patrol officers respond to a wide variety of types of calls for service from simple citizen requests for assistance to serious in progress felony calls.

Patrol officers respond to calls twenty-four hours a day and on weekends and holidays.

Patrol officers typical duties include:

  • Respond to calls for service
  • Conduct investigations and prepare police reports
  • Crime scene processing
  • Collection and preservation of evidence
  • Testify in criminal and traffic court
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Enforcement of all laws and statutes
  • Conduct community awareness training
  • Conduct and coordinate neighborhood watch meetings

Beginning in 2006 the police department took an aggressive approach to reported gang type activity either by residents or by visitors to our jurisdiction from outside the city. That year three officers were given specialized training in recognizing gang type activity and in suppressing this type of behavior. Those officers are court recognized experts in the field of gang investigations.

The Department has been an active participant in the Tulare County Gang Task Force and has provided assistance countywide in special details targeting gang activity in other jurisdictions.

In 2017 the department continues to take a zero tolerance stance on gang activity and gang like behavior being committed in the City. Officers have and will continue to aggressively pursue and arrest gang members and their associates who choose to commit crimes in Exeter.

Chain of Command


Street Maintenance

The department of public works street maintenance division provides maintenance and improvements to roadways within the city’s jurisdiction.

Our annual slurry seal program is a major contributing factor in keeping our city streets in good condition.

You can help by calling the street maintenance division at 559.592.3318 if you notice pot holes or damaged asphalt in our roadways. Your call will help us effect speedy repairs and keep our streets in good repair.

Additionally, the street maintenance division installs and maintains street/traffic signs within the city’s jurisdiction.

About Your Water Service

watertower2 Water Sources

The city’s water system which consists of eight wells, chlorination treatment facilities at each of the active wells, two inactive wells, one elevated storage tank with a capacity of 100,000 gallons, and a loop distribution system.

The City of Exeter utilizes a ground water system.  No surface water is used by the water system.  Water is pumped from 6 active deep wells ranging in depth from 296 to 620 feet.

Water System

Water is delivered to our homes and businesses through underground supply lines that are laid out in a grid-like manner so that there are no dead ends of major mains.  This process is also known as looping.  The existing distribution piping ranges from 6″ to 12″ in diameter.  In 2004 the city replaced most of its old cast iron pipe water mains with C-900 polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes.  The distribution system is within one pressure zone ranging between 40 and 60 psi.  There are roughly 2,988 residential, 269 commercial and 19 industrial service connections which are all metered.

The system is capable of producing and delivering approximately 6.6 million gallons of water per day.

Answers to Your Questions

What about sand in my water?

Sand and debris, which may appear in your faucet’s aerator screen, are most often caused by mineral deposits in your household system, plumbing repairs, or sand produced by wells.  There are no health impacts associated with this debris, but it can be a nuisance.  A persistent sand or debris problem should be reported to the water division.

What causes low water pressure?

Low water pressure can be caused by either a home’s gate valve not being fully opened, recent repairs to existing plumbing, or too great a demand for the available water supply.  The city’s water pumping systems are electronically controlled though a computerized management system to operate between 40 and 60 psi.

Is our water chlorinated?

Yes, there are chlorination treatment facilities at each of the active wells.  The chlorine is used to control bacteria.

Why is my water sometimes cloudy?

Cloudy or milky water at the tap is caused by air in the water.  When this occurs, let the water settle in a glass or pitcher for 10 to 20 seconds.

Water Quality

In order to insure good clean water in all areas of the system, water division personnel will be flushing water lines at various times.  Employees will request that young children not play in the water for safety reasons.  If you have a problem or complaint regarding water quality, please call the Public Works Office at 559.592.3318; Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  For after hours emergencies, please call 559.592.3710.

All water delivered meets the primary drinking water standards established by the California Department of Health Services and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  More on Water Quality can be obtained by reading the city’s most current Water Consumer Confidence Report.