The Field Operations Division includes three core services: street right-of-way maintenance and repair, stormwater system maintenance and repair, and sanitary sewer collection system maintenance and repair.
Street Maintenance Section
The Street Maintenance Section provides ongoing maintenance of the City’s right-of-way related infrastructure and above-ground storm water facilities. There are 168 miles of roads in the City-maintained system; 14 storm water collection basins, 8 miles of channels and numerous ditches, inlets and outlets; and more than 9,500 trees; City crews maintain streets, shoulders, medians, sidewalks, curbs and gutters; install and replace signs; trim trees and shrubs; clean drainage channels, ditches, and inlets and outlets; and provide emergency response services. The Section also conducts annual tree planting programs and manages the Arbor Day celebration in support of the City’s Tree City USA designation.
The Section administers annual contracts and agreements for concrete repair, street sweeping, street light maintenance, street striping and legend painting, urban forestry services, right-of-way maintenance, bus bench cleaning and sidewalk power-washing. This Section also coordinates activities with the Traffic Engineering Section.
Stormwater Maintenance Section
The Stormwater Maintenance Section provides maintenance and repair of the City’s storm water conveyance system to meet the requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. The Section implements a comprehensive inventory, cleaning, inspection and repair of all City owned flood control basins, channels, ditches, pipes and storm drains. Wastewater personnel are responsible for all below-ground facilities and Street Maintenance personnel are responsible for all above-ground facilities. The Public Works Department’s Environmental Management Division is responsible for reporting and public outreach related to the NPDES permit program.
Wastewater Maintenance Section
The Wastewater Maintenance Section provides routine sanitary sewer collection services to the Encinitas Sanitary Division and the Cardiff Sanitary Division, which cover approximately three-quarters of the City of Encinitas. The Leucadia Wastewater District provides sewer services to some areas in Leucadia and New Encinitas that are not serviced by City crews. These services involve cleaning 122 miles of sewer lines, clearing stoppages, repairing breaks on a routine basis and responding to emergencies as needed. In addition, City crews provide emergency services to the City of Del Mar and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Sewage is treated and disposed of at either the Encina Water Pollution Control Facility in Carlsbad or the San Elijo Water Reclamation Facility in Cardiff. In addition, depending on the size of the project, the Section will contract for street repair and other miscellaneous repairs. The City Council makes all decisions regarding the Encinitas and Cardiff Sanitary Divisions. The City Council appoints representatives to sit as voting members on the Encina Wastewater Authority Board and the San Elijo Joint Powers Authority Board.