Public Works & Municipal Utilities


The Public Works Municipal Utilities Department consists of three distinct divisions:

▪ The Street Maintenance Division is a division of the Public Works department and is responsible for maintenance of roadways, sewers, and streetscapes through planned and regular investments in the City’s infrastructure.

▪ The Public Works Engineering Division is responsible for implementing the Capital Improvement projects for the rehabilitation of the City’s infrastructure. To achieve these goals, the Division provides engineering, administration, planning, inspection, and design services.

▪ The Water Division is responsible for implementing the City’s utility services programs. To achieve the objectives of these programs, the Division constructs, inspects, maintains and repairs water mains, gate valves, fire hydrants and domestic water services to provide adequate portable water to the citizens of Compton.

Core Services

▪ Establish a fully operating, effective and efficient customer service reporting system
▪ Review, analyze and develop a properly resourced Public Works/Municipal Utilities Department
▪ Acquire the necessary resources of equipment and staffing at the proper levels to meet the City's services and needs
▪ Ensure that pothole repairs, graffiti removal and bus stop maintenance are completed within defined levels of service
▪ Provide for the delivery of safe and reliable, quality drinking water to all City customers


The Department of Public Works and Municipal Utilities is responsible for planning, designing, constructing and maintaining public streets, parks and City open spaces; public trees; utilities including sewer and storm drains; traffic; and City vehicles. Additionally, the Department is responsible for the City’s capital improvement program, controlling work and activity in City rights-of-way, and maintaining public works records. The department carries out its functions through the divisions of Administration, Maintenance, and Engineering.

In addition, the mission of the Public Works Municipal Utilities - Water Division is to provide customers with an ample supply of wholesome, potable water at a reasonable price, essential to maintaining public health, economic vitality and community well being.

Administration Division

The Administration Division is responsible for policy implementation, human resources, and fiscal administration. Services include administration of personnel, budgeting, payroll, and public information and relations. The division provides management and administrative support for all department operations, and coordinates, executes and evaluates all Public Works programs. The division also helps insure compliance with federal, state, and regional regulations, and the management of the department’s operating and capital funds.

Street Maintenance Division

The major responsibility of this division is to maintain public facilities and provide safety for residents, businesses, and public. These services include: maintaining sidewalks, streets and curbing; repairing street potholes; and responding to service requests generated from the public and other City departments. This work includes signs and marking, street trees, alleys, traffic signals, street lights, the sewer collection system, and storm drain system. Additional services include emergency response to accidents and incidents in the City’s rights-of-way and streets, asphalt repair, removal of illegally dumped trash, parkway and shoulder repair, street sweeping, graffiti removal, and the support of special events.

Engineering Division

The Engineering Division is responsible for managing the City’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP). This program includes the planning, programming, design, construction management, and construction of new projects throughout the City. The Engineering Division works with the State Department of Transportation (CalTrans), the Regional Water Quality Control Board, the Air Quality Management District, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles County Public Works Department, MTA, residents, businesses and interested community groups to ensure that these projects address community, regional, state, and federal objectives. The Engineering Division is also responsible for pavement management, storm water management, flood control, activities in the City’s rights-of-way, and traffic management.

Water Division

The Public Works Municipal Utilities - Water Division is a dedicated team of professionals is committed to bringing an ample supply of safe, pure water into your home. The water delivered to your home comes from two sources. Some of the water (about 50%) is pumped locally from deep wells, and the remaining supply is purchased from Metropolitan Water District (MWD).

Compton’s well water must meet rigid standards set by the State Health Department. By the time it reaches your home or place of business, the water has been treated and thoroughly tested for organics, pesticides and bacteria. An independent laboratory approved by the State performs this testing. The Compton water supply consistently meets or exceeds the State’s exacting requirements.