Public Works
It is the goal of the Public Works Department to provide quality customer service while improving the quality of life of the citizens of Yelm. Public Works is the largest and most diverse department within the City of Yelm's municipal organization. The Department is responsible for operating and maintaining:

  • Over 100 miles of water and sewer mains;
  • The first Water Reclamation Facility in the State of Washington;
  • Three potable water wells and three reservoirs;
  • Over 18 miles of streets and 600 street lights;
  • 23 acres of parks; and
  • Nearly 125,000 square feet of occupied buildings.

Combined with these items above, Public Works is also responsible for Animal Control and many "other duties as assigned". Staying on top of all of these items requires a staff of 16 full-time employees all dedicated to serving you!

Animal Control - If you live within the City of Yelm (city limits) and your dog has gone missing, there is a chance your pet may have ended up at Public Works. The City of Yelm collaborates with local nonprofit animal adoption agencies to find homes for abandoned dogs. If your dog is missing, please contact the Public Works Department right away at 360-458-8406 or you may leave a message on the animal control hotline at 360-458-8438.

Animal Control Hotline Phone Number: 360-458-8438

Transportation - Public Works makes sure that all transportation system facilities within the City of Yelm are safe for the traveling public.

Water - Public Works is responsible for the repair and maintenance of the wells, reservoirs and water mains that convey clean water to houses and business within Yelm every day.

Sewer - The City owns and operates a STEP collection system and the first Water Reclamation Facility to be constructed in Washington State. The facility produces Class A Reclaimed Water that can be used for irrigation. 

Stormwater - Public Works also maintains a stormwater system which is responsible for making sure that surface waters are properly managed. 

Parks - The City strives to provide outdoor areas for the Citizens of Yelm to enjoy. Public Works is charged with making sure those areas are clean and safe. 

Capital Projects - If you see construction work going on within City limits, chances are Public Works is involved.





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