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…)

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.

Refuse and Recycling

Refuse / Recycling Collection

The City of Exeter has contracted with Mid Valley Disposal to provide comprehensive recycling and waste collection services.

If you are a new resident of Exeter and wish to sign up for refuse/recycling collection services or change your existing service address please call City Hall at 559.592.3710.


Types of Collection Services

Weekly curbside collection services are provided using three 96 gallon wheeled collection containers.

The green container is to be used only for disposal of green waste.

The brown container is to be used for refuse disposal only.

The blue container is to be used for recyclables only.

Residents are encouraged to recycle the following materials:

Newsprint Office paper Cardboard Plastic film Tin/steel cans
Mixed paper Magazines Chipboard Glass containers Aluminum cans
Junk mail Telephone books Plastic #1-5 & #7 Bottles Small metal appliances

Collection of Used Motor Oil

Single-family residents may place their used motor oil and motor oil filters in a sealed container next to their blue recycling cart for weekly collection.

Collection of Used Automotive Batteries

Additionally, single-family residents may also place their automotive batteries next to their blue recycling cart for weekly collection.

Leaf Pick-Up 

Like other surrounding cities, the City of Exeter does not offer leaf leaf pick up services. Leaves should be placed in your green waste container. 

Leaf pick-up normally starts November 15th and ends around January 15th.  After January 15th your leaves should be placed in your green waste container.

Annual Clean Up Events  (Specific dates to be announced)

The City of Exeter hosts two annual clean up events. The first event is held during the month of April and the second event is held during the month of October. Exeter residents living within the city limits are encouraged to take advantage of these low cost opportunities to get rid of unwanted items such as old couches, mattresses, appliances, green waste or other junk at the city’s Corporation Yard located at 350 W. Firebaugh.  During this three day events (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday), the Corporation Yard will be open from 7:30 AM. to 3:00 P.M. 

A driver’s license and current water bill will be required to verify residency as dumping privileges are reserved for residents living within the city limits who receive trash service.  A $5.00 per load fee will be charged.

To expedite the unloading of vehicles, we ask that you separate metal, green waste, cardboard, newspaper, appliances, computers and other materials.  Palm leaves are not considered green waste and must be dumped in the designated trash area.  Cement, tires, paint, chemicals and asphalt will not be accepted.

Additional Recycling Opportunities and E-Waste Drop-Off

The Exeter Community Recycling/Buy Back Center, located in front of 350 W. Firebaugh, provides additional recycling opportunities for the residents of Exeter.  The center also accepts e¬waste which provides residents with a means of safely getting rid of their old computers, monitors, television sets, and other out-dated, unusable or unwanted electronic items by proper recycling.

Christmas Tree Drop-Off

The City of Exeter offers an annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program.  You can drop off your tree at the City Corporation Yard located at 350 W. Firebaugh from December 26th through January 15th.  NO NAILS, WOODEN OR METAL BASES; NO LIGHTS OR ORNAMENTS.  FLOCKED TREES OK.