Welcome to Municipal Services, proudly providing a variety of essential services to support your daily needs.
Municipal Services manages a variety of areas which are vital in maintaining a healthy, safe, clean, and thriving community. The department consists of three divisions: Regulatory Affairs, Water Quality Control, and Utility Maintenance. The department is staffed with 57 full-time employees, who implement, deliver, operate, and maintain the City's infrastructure systems and facilities.
Michael Cooke Municipal Services Director City employee since 1992
I have the privilege of working with incredibly dedicated and hard-working professionals who are responsible for providing water, wastewater, and stormwater services to our community. Our Department is also responsible for the maintenance of the City's streetlights, traffic signals, vehicles and buses. No matter how difficult, challenging or unpleasant the task, the employees of Municipal Services strive to do whatever it takes to get the job done in a cost-effective and timely manner. It's a real pleasure to be a part of such a fine team.
FOR WATER EMERGENCIES DURING NON-WORKING HOURS
IF YOU NEED WATER TURNED ON OR OFF DURING NON-WORKING HOURS OR ARE REPORTING A WATER, SEWER OR STREETS RELATED EMERGENCY PLEASE CALL 668-1200
OUTDOOR LANDSCAPE WATER USE
During the summer of 2014, the City of Turlock pumped approximately 25 million gallons of water per day. Of that, 13 million gallons were used for landscape watering purposes. More than half of the water consumed at a typical residence was used for watering landscaped areas!
Most people over water their lawns and don¡¦t even know it. Over watering your lawn is a huge waste of water but can also cause it to be more prone to pests and diseases. As a general rule of thumb, the climate indicates your lawn needs the following amount of water per week:
March & April: 0.6 - 0.8 inches May, June, July, & August: 1.1 - 1.4 inches September & October: 0.7 - 0.9 inches
Listed below are ways to help conserve water on outdoor landscaping: ƒÃ Set it, but don¡¦t forget it! Whether you have an automatic or manual sprinkler system, be sure to adjust your watering schedule with the temperature, weather forecast, and seasons. ƒÃ Use a broom to clean your sidewalk and driveway, not a hose. ƒÃ Control the flow from your garden hose and attach a shut-off nozzle. ƒÃ Adjust your sprinklers so they are watering your lawn and garden, not the sidewalk. ƒÃ Add a layer of compost and mulch to your soil to help hold water, reduce evaporation, and keep down on weeds! ƒÃ Install drip irrigation systems around your shrubs, hanging baskets, and flower and vegetable gardens. Drip systems can: „« Provide a low volume of water directly to plant roots „« Minimize loss of water due to: wind, runoff, evaporation, and overspray „« Use 20-50% less water than conventional sprinklers! „« Save up to 30,000 gallons per year!
For questions or additional information, please contact: Municipal Services at 209-668-5590.
Water Conservation Tip #6 TEST HOW MUCH WATER YOUR SPRINKLER SYSTEM APPLIES TO YOUR YARD Place 5 ¡V 6 flat bottomed containers (tin cans, cake pans, etc¡K) evenly spaced over your lawn. Keep them a minimum of 2 feet from sprinkler heads. Make note of how long your sprinklers run. Once your system shuts off, use a tape measurer or ruler to find the depth of water in each container and compare to the recommended amount listed above.