Department of Public Works

Mission Statement

The Kent County Board and Department of Public Works acquires, improves, enlarges, operates, and maintains water supply systems, sewage disposal systems, and refuse systems to promote and protect the health and welfare of its residents and the environment.

The Department of Public Works acting through the Board of Public Works is an enterprise fund established by the Board of Commissioners to provide solid waste management services and water and sewer system construction, inspection, and maintenance under contract with some local units of government.

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The Department is divided into two divisions: Finance and Administration and Solid Waste. The Solid Waste division has four components: Recycling and Resource Recovery, Waste-to-Energy, Landfill and Transfer Station, and Closed Landfill Remediation and Environmental Compliance. In addition to general administration and budgetary oversight, the department also helps local municipalities to secure funding for water and sewer projects, as requested.

Strategic Goals

Operational Goals

Selected Performance Measures (PDF) »

Contact Us

Department of Public Works

1500 Scribner NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

(616) 336-3694

(616) 336-3338


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