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
Water Wise Landscaping for Outdoor Water Use
We have all heard the saying “April showers, brings May flowers”; however, with our current drought situation that is not the case for California.
Considering that 60 % of household water use occurs outdoors, the City of Turlock is encouraging residents and businesses to reduce landscape watering to two days a week. Utilizing the following water conservation practices for your landscape irrigation can also help to significantly reduce outdoor water use.
1. Use less-than-thirsty plants in your garden. Keep turf grass (the thirstiest plant of all!) to a minimum. Look for plants that are well-suited to regional and local conditions. 2. Group plants thoughtfully. When selecting trees, shrubs, ground covers, perennials and annuals for your garden, look for those that naturally grow together and use about the same amount of water. 3. Use water wisely. Water plants only when needed, not by the clock or calendar. Water at night, when evaporation is much lower and air is calmer. Avoid runoff and overspray. 4. Improve your soil. Routinely cultivate your soil, incorporating organic matter such as compost. Doing so improves the soil’s ability to resist evaporation and retain moisture. Aerate heavy or compacted soil around trees. 5. Mulch. A two-to four-inch layer of mulch also evens out temperature extremes, keeps soil cool on hot days and warm on cool days. It also prevents soil from crusting, allowing better water penetration. 6. Plant trees. Trees help lower air and soil temperatures, reducing plant and soil moisture loss. 7. Group container plants. Arrange containers so they shade one another. During droughts or periods of drying winds, place them in the deepest shade they can tolerate. Water Conservation Tip #2 Capture Water You know when you turn on your tap water and you are waiting for the water to warm up? Well this would be a great time to capture that water in a watering can or bucket. The water can then be used to water indoor and outdoor plants. Remember every drop counts!