Public Works

The Lake Oswego Public Works Department is responsible for maintaining infrastructure systems throughout the City to ensure they are working correctly, efficiently, and that the life of our assets is maximized. Streets, Water, Sewer, Stormwater, Motor Pool and City Beautification maintenance programs make up the department with each responsible for their own infrastructure system.

Here at Public Works, we take pride in providing utility maintenance to help make Lake Oswego a great place to live.

News & Announcements

Smart Water Meter Project

The City is updating outdated, manually-read water meters to a new, wirelessly-read technology. These smart meters support efficiencies in our water system. 

We are replacing nearly 12,000 residential meters city-wide. More than 5,000 meters have already been installed on the north side of the city. Throughout late 2023 and 2024, work will continue on the southside of the lake. 


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Winter Weather Events

Our Public Works Department diligently follows weather reports, monitors local weather stations and road conditions, prepares for, and is ready to respond to winter weather events.

Watch this video to learn how our Public Works staff prepares for the winter season and weather events.

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Drinking Water and Per- and Polyfluorinated Substances (PFAS)

Lake Oswego currently meets or exceeds all federal and state requirements for water quality testing. PFAS is an emerging issue that all water providers and systems across the nation are experiencing. The City is closely tracking news about detections of PFAS in drinking water around the country, as well as the EPA’s newly proposed PFAS drinking water regulations. We are committed to protecting public health.

Fortunately, Lake Oswego and Tigard’s drinking water is at low risk for PFAS, and PFAS have not been detected in our drinking water from the Clackamas River.

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Lead and Drinking Water - Free test kits available

The main source of lead in drinking water is typically from household plumbing or components associated with service lines. We offer free lead testing to our water customers. If you are concerned about the levels of lead in your home, you can pick up a test kit and instructions at the 2nd floor reception desk at City Hall.  For questions about lead testing or your drinking water, call the Water Treatment Plant at 503-635-0394.

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Boones Ferry Road Project Wins 2023 Public Works Project of the Year Award!

On Thursday, October 19, 2023, the City was recognized by the Oregon Chapter of the American Public Works Association, for 2023 Project of the Year for the Boones Ferry Road Project! The award recognizes excellence, innovation and cooperation in the management and administration of public works projects through an alliance of the managing agency, consultants and contractor who, working together, complete public works projects.

Congratulations to our City team and community for all the hard work getting this successful project across the finish line!

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Maintenance and Motor Pool
Maintenance Center
17601 Pilkington Rd
Lake Oswego OR 97035

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