City of Chandler Municipal Utilities and Transportation & Development Departments Receive Third APWA Re-Accreditation

The City of Chandler Municipal Utilities and the Transportation & Development Departments have recently been awarded a third prestigious American Public Works Association (APWA) Re-accreditation. The APWA accreditation program recognizes public works agencies that go beyond the requirements of the management practices established nationally in the public works industry, as contained in the APWA Public Works Management Practices Manual. The City of Chandler Municipal Utilities and the Transportation & Development Departments first received accreditation status in April 2004, and received their first and second re-accreditation award in May 2008 and May 2012. Their third APWA re-accreditation was awarded on June 19, 2016.

The Municipal Utilities and the Transportation & Development Departments re-accreditation indicates the departments have met all applicable accreditation documentation and practices over time.

"The awarding of the APWA re-accreditation shows we have dedicated ourselves to concepts of improvement and in-depth self-assessment of department policies, procedures and practices. The heroes of this prestigious APWA award are the public services staff, whose mission is to provide public services and programs that contribute to making Chandler a great city," said Transportation & Development Director, R.J. Zeder.

The Municipal Utilities Department provides solid waste, water, and wastewater public infrastructure through cost-effective programs and services while ensuring regulatory compliance, implementing best management practices, and public outreach to heighten awareness for greater sustainability. This is accomplished by working with city staff, elected officials, outside agencies, and the public in planning, developing, constructing, and maintaining public infrastructure.

Solid Waste services increase waste diversion to sustain financial health, perform inspections to ensure a safe and clean community, and increase public awareness of services offered. Water services provide Chandler residences, businesses, and industries with a sufficient and continuous supply of clean, potable water through maintaining water and reclaimed water mains, fire hydrants, and valves. Additionally, wastewater services treat domestic and industrial wastewater to quality standards that allow for effluent reuse and recharge into the aquifer, as well as administer the Industrial Pretreatment Program.

The Transportation & Development Department provides responsible design development standards, and cost effective infrastructure, as well as ensuring safety and compliance to preserve the quality of life in Chandler. Key services include transportation operations including Traffic Management, Street Maintenance, Transit planning and Capital Improvement Program. The Development Services functions include plan review, inspections, online permitting and inspection scheduling, applications and fees and the unified development manual.

For the City of Chandler's re-accreditation review, a team of public works professionals from South Jordan, UT, Victoria, BC and Kansas City, MO, completed a thorough evaluation of operations during their June 2016 site visit.

"It's great to have the City of Chandler reach full compliance with their practices. I commend their continued and renewed commitment to the detailed review of the agency's policies and procedures to qualify for their third re-accreditation," said APWA Director of Accreditation Ann Daniels.

The Chandler Municipal Utilities and Transportation & Development Departments was the 15th agency in North America to receive APWA accreditation and the second in Arizona, joining Coconino County, Mohave County, Peoria and Tucson.

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