Morgan Hill and other cities increasingly make use of high-tech machinery and equipment, operated by specially trained staff, to keep faucets running, toilets flushing, streets paved safely and roadsides maintained throughout the community. These operations were on display for everyone to see at the city’s celebration of National Public Works Week May 25 at the Morgan Hill Corporation Yard on Edes Court.
On display were all types of equipment used by the city’s public works services, from basic examples of water and sewer main connection lines, radio-read utility meters and road-repair dozers and front loaders—to the intricate, including giant vacuum trucks that can remove clogged material from sewer and water mains, a remote-controlled mower for clearing vegetation along roadsides and remote cameras that can travel the length of underground pipes in search of damages and obstructions.
The city’s public works staff were on hand to demonstrate or explain how the equipment is used. One kiosk included information about development and public works projects in progress or on tap for Morgan Hill.
Pictured is a Morgan Hill utilities staff member showing some attendees how a high-pressure, multi-nozzle hose unit is used to clear minor obstructions from a water main.
National Public Works Week was May 21-27. This year’s theme for National Public Works Week was “Connecting the World Through Public Works,” according to city staff.