Public Works

Temple Water Treatment Plant
The Department of Public Works consists of many separate divisions that are responsible for providing quality maintenance and operation services for the City of Temple's infrastructure (streets and water and sewer lines).
Regulations
The City of Temple Department of Public Works adheres to the Federal and State regulations as set forth by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

Divisions
Solid Waste and Recycling services, as well as Fleet Maintenance, Drainage, Traffic Signal Maintenance and administrative contracts for Wastewater Treatment are also part of Public Works. The department also assists in the logical, planned growth of the city through the Engineering Division.

More Information
For Account and Billing questions, please contact the Utility Business Office.
For questions about metering, contact the Metering Division.

Smoke Testing

Current Location: Friars Creek

Enter your address into the interactive map below to see if your area is being tested. 

FAQ: 

What is smoke testing?

Using odorless, non-toxic smoke candles and high capacity blowers, smoke is forced through the sewer pipes.  As shown in the video, the blowers are placed on top of manholes.  Anywhere the smoke exits, there is potential for rain or groundwater to seep into the sewer system.

What is the benefit to my community?

Smoke testing is one technique used to identify areas where unnecessary groundwater or rainfall is entering the sewer system which can cause basement backups, overflows, and higher costs for treatment.  

How will I know when smoke testing will be performed in my neighborhood?

At least 24 hours before smoke testing is scheduled to start, RJN will place door hangers on the front door of every building where testing will be conducted.  Signs will be prominently displayed on the street when smoke testing is in progress. 

For more information about Smoke Testing, watch the informative video below or visit: https://www.templetx.gov/2801/Smoke-Testing 

The City of Temple Department of Public Works adheres to the Federal and State regulations as set forth by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).