Public Works

Public Works is the heartbeat of any city, developing and maintaining roads, wastewater systems, trails and administration. The people who work in public works are solving some of the toughest problems faced by our community.   We work very closely with the City Council to provide for Ottumwa’s needs in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible.


Streets are a key element of the livability of any community.  More and more, roadways are being used by not just motorists, but also bicyclists, pedestrians and wheelchair users.   We work not to just repair or re-build Ottumwa’s streets, but also build transportation networks that are safer, more livable, and welcoming to everyone.    We maintain and repair approximately 170 miles of streets and 60 miles of alleys.      See More.



Ottumwa’s sewer system moves millions of gallons per day, either to the Water Pollution Control Facility, or in the case of stormwater runoff, back to our natural waterways. Keeping the system operational is important for the whole community. See More.



Stormwater Management

Ditches, streets, curbs, gutters and storm sewers all carry rainwater away to natural waterways. Communities everywhere work to minimize pollutants in stormwater runoff to the maximum extent practicable. See More.

Other Operations and Duties

Central Garage
Engineering Department
Sidewalk Requirements
Snow Removal and Ice Control  
Traffic Maintenance and Electric Crew
Work Zone Safety

A message from Larry Seals, Director of Public Works
Welcome to Public Works. We are charged with the responsibility for building and maintaining our community's infrastructure. Ottumwa faces a number of unique challenges like a high number of aging streets that require maintenance, improvements or outright replacement. We continue to work toward complying with national standards for wastewater and stormwater collection.

Balancing all of Ottumwa's needs with the dollars available can be daunting. Our elected officials make difficult funding decisions. We strive to make the most of every dollar invested to build and maintain a safe community.

Contact Information:
City of Ottumwa - Director of Public Works
City Hall - Room 304
105 E. Third Street
Ottumwa, IA 52501

(641) 683-0680

Public Works Garage
550 Gateway Drive
Ottumwa, IA 52501