Public Works

The Public Works Department's purpose is to provide services that ensure efficiency and excellence in all departmental operations; attain a total commitment to constantly improve our street network and infrastructure to ensure safe and efficient utilization and appearance throughout our community; promote a customer based utility services program that exceeds customer concepts, while providing a clean environment and reliable service; support all city operations by maintaining equipment in a safe, reliable and cost effective manner by minimizing major repairs.

Public Works is responsible for street, park and vehicle maintenance and repair. These activities are funded through the General Fund. The Public Works Department is also responsible for Bethany's solid waste, water and sewer water utilities. These activities are funded through the Bethany Public Works Authority Fund.


City of Bethany is advancing to Stage 4 water rationing immediately, due to a critical water situation.

Until further notice, only hand watering of gardens and flower beds are acceptable. Commercial car washes with water recycling operations are permitted.


•    Use of an alternative water source, such as a private well. If deemed necessary, the alternative source can be inspected by the Utility Superintendent. Use of any alternative source must comply with any cross-connection prevention measures required by City ordinance or Building Codes.

•    Hand watering of newly planted hydromulch, grass sod, grass seed and shrubs and trees planted within the last 30 days.

•    Conducting maintenance, repair or testing on an irrigation system.

Violators will be given 1 warning. Citations will be issued for repeat violators on each subsequent day which watering is observed. Excessive violations are subject to water cutoff.

Despite a near record year of rainfall, the City’s water comes from wells. Because of this, rainfall amounts don’t impact our city’s water levels as it would in a reservoir system. That being said, the availability of the water is not the critical issue, the capacity of our pumps is. In short, the water levels are fine, however, our pumps cannot keep up with the demand.

As you may know, half of the City’s water supply wells are currently not being used due to a detection of a known carcinogen in the water coming from these impacted wells. The City believes that these contaminants are from the Rockwell Gulfstream site located at the airport to the east of the City's well field. When contamination was discovered in these wells, the City immediately shut them down. The Bethany City Council maintains standards that the City will not utilize any water source containing known carcinogens. This standard resulted in the City ceasing use of wells for the City's water supply where contaminates have been detected.

The City of Bethany’s water meets and exceeds all state and federal drinking water standards.

Bethany Water Tower

Helpful Resources 

Water Quality Report 2017