Field Operations

Field Operations Division

About the Division
The Field Operations Division of Public Works is responsible for the repair and maintenance of the city’s streets, street lights, drainage structures, waste water collection, and the distribution of potable and reuse water. Some of the responsibilities of the division include:

  • Water Distribution: This encompasses the repair and maintenance of all the water mains and services in the City of Fort Myers. The city maintains an emergency number to respond to major water line breaks within 2 hours. The city is responsible for 400 miles of water mains.
  • Hydrant Maintenance: The Field Operations Division maintains and repairs all 4,000 city-owned fire hydrants within the city.
  • Sewer Collection: The division oversees the cleaning and repairing of sewer mains including 400 miles of sanitary sewer and 41 miles of reclaim pipes.
  • Lift Stations: The division is responsible for maintaining and repairing 153 lift stations within the city.
  • Streets and Drainage: The division is responsible for coordinating the maintenance of all city streets, bridges, and right-of-way mowing. This includes potholes, sidewalks, and street paving. There are 400 miles of roads as well as 20 bridges within the city.
  • Street Lights: The division provides maintenance of 10,200 street lights citywide.
  • Traffic: The division maintains the road signage, pavement markings, and other traffic control devices.
  • Drainage: The staff is responsible for coordinating maintenance and clearing of all city drainage pipes, ditches, and canals in order to provide for proper water flow and drainage. There are 37 miles of canals and ditches in the city as well as 150 miles of storm water pipes.
  • Right-of-Way Mowing: The division handles the mechanized mowing of approximately 50 miles of continuous run canal and ditches. Guardrails and individual lots are done with riding mowers, by hand with weed eaters, and chemical spray control.  In addition, run-off control structures such as weirs and retention ponds are maintained by the city.
  • Street Sweeping: The city maintains a sweeping program for all streets that have curbs and gutters. A total of 300 miles of streets are swept per schedule. There are 300 miles of streets swept in the city.