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Public Works

Public Works Division

The Public Works Division is the third largest division in City Government and is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the City’s infrastructure which includes streets, sanitary sewers, storm drains, bridges, flood control and the City of Memphis’ Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW).  In addition, Public Works is responsible for Code Enforcement, Environmental Enforcement, Commercial Code Enforcement, Grounds Department and Memphis City Beautiful.

Here is a quick list of some of the common reasons citizens come to Public Works. Learn more about what each department, along with links you can use for more information.



Protects the public health, safety, and welfare in existing buildings used for dwelling purposes. The department administers and enforces sections of the City of Memphis Code of Ordinances.


Responsible for the operation and maintenance of two large wastewater treatment facilities that treat over 60 billion gallons of wastewater each year and dispose of more than 215 million pounds of bio-solids annually in accordance with stringent state and federal water quality regulations. They are also responsible for preventive maintenance and emergency repair of more than 3,000 miles of sewers and operation of 102 sewer lift stations and 7 major flood control pumping stations.


Responsible for repair and maintenance, including asphalt overlay and pothole repairs, on more than 3,400 miles of roadway within the City, routine maintenance and emergency repair service to existing drainage systems within the City’s right-of-way to minimize flooding and property damage, street lighting to increase the visibility and safety of roadway users at night, and heavy equipment services to support City maintenance and emergency activities.


Storm Water Information
City of Memphis Street Paving Schedule
MLGW Residential – Streetlight Outage
MLGW Commercial – Streetlight Outage
Port Commission
Sewer Connection Notice


Robert Knecht – Director
125 N. Main Street – Room #608
Memphis, TN 38103

Office: 901-636-6762
Fax: 901-636-7116