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:

Next week: four more. In the meantime, e-mail your team's resource-saving solution to me at sjohnston@hanleywood.com.