• El Centro Sports Pavilion
  • El Centro Council Chambers
  • Legacy Park
  • Farmers Park
  • Blue Angels
  • El Centro Transfer Terminal
  • Carlos Aguilar Park
  • City Hall
  • City of El Centro Fire Department
  • Adult Center
  • Splash Pad
  • Mardi Gras
  • City of El Centro Old Post Office
  • Police Car
  • Plaza
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Welcome to the City of El Centro's Public Works Department's Web Page.

"Our Mission is to enhance the quality of life in the City of El Centro by providing world class customer service and the highest quality design, construction, maintenance and inspections of public and private projects that respect the natural beauty of the City."

 


 

 

 

 

What is El Niño?

El Niño is a tropical weather pattern which can have significant impacts in the northern hemisphere.  This weather pattern is characterized by an above average warming of the surface temperature of the eastern portion of the Pacific Ocean.  This can cause extreme weather conditions such as mild winters in the eastern and northern sections of the United States and heavy rains causing localized flooding in the western part of the country.

  

What should you do to prepare?

Check your property

  • Clear drains, rain gutters and downspouts of debris.
  • Trim trees and landscaping as needed to ensure that branches and limbs are clear of your structure and clear from overhead power lines 
  • Inspect your roof for any signs of damage or needed repairs. Make arrangements for the repairs before water starts to leak inside your property.
  • Stabilize slopes on your property to prevent mud and landslides. 
  • Secure outdoor furniture and other loose items from causing damage during periods of heavy winds.

  For more information on El Niño and how to prepare, view              the City of El Centro Preparations for El Niño document.

  Documento Preparativos para el Niño en Español

 


 

 

 

IMPORTANT LINKS

   Imperial Valley Resources Management Agency

2014 Water Quality Report

2013 Water Quality Report

2016 Street Sweeping Schedule

CR&R Trash Services

  •  2016 CLEAN UP DATES

EL CENTRO DIAL-A-RIDE

Draft Urban Water Management Plan

2012 Water/Wastewater Rate Study

2012 Water/Wastewater Rate Summary - English

2012 Water/Wastewater Rate Summary - Spanish

Notice Proposed Water & Wastewater Rate Increase - Spanish

  

 


 

Letter from the Director:

Terry Hagen, P.E. / City Engineer

Retail and commercial continued to grow at a slower pace in El Centro last year.  Although new housing starts have virtually stopped, apartments continued to be developed and constructed.  New businesses that opened or were remodeled in 2009, in which building plans and site plans were processed through our Building and Safety Division and Engineering Division include:  EW Corporation, Lucky's Chinese Food, IV Screen and Awning, Tropicana Restaurant, Chase Bank, Decor & More, Dollar Tree, Mexicali Chicken and Salads, The Big Swirl, Assembly of God Church, Home Therapies, Home Depot, Barcelona Event Center, Dr. Parks Dental Office, Winfield Apartments, Imperial Gardens Family Apartments.

Other projects currently under construction or in plan check include:  Ballington Academy Charter School, Honda Car Dealership, El Centro Family Apartments, Hyundai Car Dealership, University of Phoenix, City of El Centro Fire Station #3, Senior Center Addition, IID Power Generation Unit #3, Proposed Charter School (old Sears Building)

The Public Works Staff have been actively involved in preparing documentation and applying for over $28 million dollars in stimulus funds and to date $2.8 million has been funded to the City of El Centro.

Again in 2009, "Black Friday" (the day after Thanksgiving), which creates the highest traffic volume at the Mall, occurred without police intervention or implementation of a traffic management plan to reduce traffic backup at the Dogwood Interchange off-ramps. The Dogwood and I-8 Interim Improvement Project "Signalization and Off-Ramp Widening" for $2,000,000 is designed and construction will start early next year.

Other street projects completed and constructed were El Dorado Colonia Phase III for $1.4 million, Dogwood Rehabilitation from State Street to Commercial Avenue for $500,000, and the 2009 Overlay Project for $2.1 million was completed which included reconstruction of Broadway Avenue using Prop 1B Funds.  Transportation related projects that are in the "pipe-line" include: Rehabilitation and Overlay of the Eastside of Imperial Avenue from Orange Avenue to Adams Avenue - Approximate Project Cost is $612,000, Paving of walking/jogging paths inside Bucklin Park - Approximate Project Cost is $242,000, Dogwood Avenue Rehabilitation from State Street to I-8 - Approximate Project Cost is $2.4 million, 2010 Overlay Project - Approximate Project Cost is $13 million, Sunflower Parking Lot with APCD Funds - Approximate Project Cost is $120,000, Demolition and Rough Grading of Adams Avenue Plunge - Approximate Project Cost is $200,000, Lotus Avenue Street Sidewalks and Overlay Project funded with SR2S Grant Funds - Approximate Project Cost is $300,000, El Dorado Colonia Phase IV - Approximate Project Cost is $800,000, Adams Avenue Overlay - Approximately Project Cost is $400,000, New Transfer Terminal at 7th Street and State Street - Approximate Project Cost is $3 million, Waterman Avenue Extension - Approximate Project Cost is $1.7 million, Police Station Site Security and Parking Upgrade - Approximate Project Cost is $640,000.

The Master Plan for the Water, Sewer, and Storm Drain Systems is complete and being prepared for Council review and approval.  This plan has provided needed documentation in the form of GIS drawings, GPS location data, and index books (like a Thomas Guide Book) for field crews to find service lines and valves during emergencies.  These index books are currently available for review at the Engineering Counter located at City Hall.  Capacity Impact Fee studies are also being performed.

Numerous water wastewater bond projects were designed and construction of the $30 million Water Treatment Plant is now 100% complete and has been placed into operation.  The design of the Southern Pump Station is complete, which will serve future development south of the I-8 Freeway and reduce the number of small inefficient pump station stations currently serving the existing development.  the contract for the water distribution system for the annexed West Main residential development is almost near completion and Residents are beginning to hook up to City water.

To further improve safety for our children, we installed 15 MPH zone signs around all schools within El Centro, as allowed by the latest 2009 California Vehicle Code.

With the additional projects resulting from stimulus funds and other grant funds, along with the water/wastewater bond funds, Public Works Staff has taken on additional project management and administration responsibilities over and above their daily routine jobs.  They should be recognized for the additional work that they have performed and will face during the next year to come.