Every January we report the results of our annual survey of readers' operations and capital budgets for the coming year.
It's no secret that the last few years have been challenging. It's also no secret that public works departments always figure out how to do more with less.
This year, as part of our "annual outlook" coverage, we asked readers to share their innovation. These are the first four of eight:
- Town of Wellesley, Mass., continues attacking drainage issues in a service area that was settled in the 1630s (yes, you read that correctly) to meet NPDES requirements.
- Mount Laurel Township Municipal Utilities Authority, N.J. What to do when multiple pump stations need major repair all at the same time.
- The City of Annapolis, Md., gets outside help with managing capital improvements for the first time.
- Engineering & Property Management Department, City of Charlotte, N.C., tries new equipment and technologies to maintain a rapidly changing right-of-way profile.
Next week: four more. In the meantime, e-mail your team's resource-saving solution to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.