Wastewater Engin. & Operations


The City of Palo Alto Wastewater Engineering Section is responsible for planning, designing, budgeting and construction of major capital improvements to the city’s wastewater collection system. This program rehabilitates or replaces about 200,000 linear feet of wastewater mains and 2,000 service laterals each year.

The Wastewater Collection Operations Section is responsible for cleaning, maintaining, operating and regulatory compliance of the city’s sanitary collection (sewer) system.

Capital Improvement Program

New Construction

If you need a new wastewater service installation due to new construction, addition or remodeling of a building in Palo Alto, check the menu to the left.  Other information may be accessed from the links below. 

Upgrade Downtown Project Nears Final Stages of Construction

The Upgrade Downtown project is moving toward the final stages of construction. Read about important traffic detours on University Ave.

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Utility work ahead

We Are #CommunityPowered - Celebrating Public Power & Natural Gas Week

Oct 7-13, join us in celebrating your community-owned utility empowering Palo Alto for over 100 years!

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Upgrade Downtown - Construction Underway

Updates on construction work, maps, road closures, parking, contact info.

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Crossbores---Gas & Sewer Safety Inspection Program
Since July 2011, the Utilities Department has been actively implementing the next phase of its gas-sewer crossbore inspection program.
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