740 West Center Street
Smithfield City Public Works Department is responsible for a wide range of city services including: culinary and secondary water, sewer collection, storm drain, street maintenance, facility maintenance, parks and the City Cemetery. Public Works professionals work year-round to ensure the city infrastructure remains intact, usable and safe for residents; they are, in short, the people who maintain and improve the systems and services vital to a community’s health, safety and comfort.
740 West Center
The function of the Street Maintenance Division is to maintain the existing infrastructure within the City of Smithfield in order to provide a clean and safe environment for citizens and visitors.
Our crews perform the following duties:
The Concrete Maintenance Crew maintains sidewalks and curb & gutter along city streets. The most common request we receive is for repairs to damaged sidewalk and curb & gutter. When such a request is received the area is question is inspected for type and severity of damage
There are 3 types of concrete damage: faulting, cracking, and scaling or spalling. Each type is rated in severity as high, medium, or low.
High faulting- 3” or greater Medium faulting- 1-3” Low faulting- less than 1”
High cracking- greater than ½” Medium cracking- ¼ - ½” Low cracking-less than ¼”
High Scaling-greater than 30% Medium scaling- 10-30% Low scaling-less than 10%
If a privately owned tree is the cause of faulting or cracking, the City may require the tree to be removed by the property owner before repairs can be made.
Driveway approaches/bridges over the curb & gutter are the responsibility of the property owner.
Cracks will develop in asphalt pavements over the service life of a roadway. Crack sealing is the process by which cracks in the street asphalt pavement are sealed with hot rubberized material that will prevent water from seeping in, which is the most common cause of potholes and asphalt failure.
The Street Maintenance, Sign & Paint Crew maintains the pavement marking on city streets and city owned parking lots. This includes centerlines, shoulder lines, stop bars, crosswalks, school crossings, bike lanes, directional arrow, railroad crossing, parking stalls, handicap stalls, and red curb.
A pothole is a type of failure in asphalt pavement cause by the presence of water in the underlying soil or within a weak area of the asphalt pavement. Traffic passing over the affected area will fatigue the area and break poorly supported areas.
Potholes are common to our area due to the freeze & thaw cycles we experience during the winter months. When water seeps into cracks of a roadway and temperatures drop below freezing, the water will freeze and expand. This expansion causes the asphalt to break apart and a pothole develops.
The Asphalt Crew uses two different types of material to patch potholes depending on the time of year. The preferred process for warm weather months is to use hot mix asphalt. Hot mix is asphalt that is heated to 300+ degrees which when cooled hardens to match the road and make a hard asphalt pavement.
Hot asphalt plants close for the winter and do not start making hot mix until the end of April or early May so during the winter months the crews use cold mix asphalt. Cold patches have less binding adhesives and are often used as a temporary means.
The road shoulder is the reserved area alongside the roadway to be used in the event of an emergency. Not all City streets have shoulders, but where present, are normally unpaved. Road shoulders are not traveling lanes, and motorists should not use them as such.
Shoulder grading or rebuilding is performed to correct soft shoulders, rutting and buildup of materials, for safety, to support the asphalt pavement, and to maintain proper drainage.
Mowing & weed spraying are also done to maintain adequate vision, reduce fire hazards, control noxious weeds, reduce shoulder maintenance, and provide adequate drainage.
The Street Maintenance, Sign & Paint Crew install and maintain all street signs along city streets. This includes stop signs, yield signs, school zone signs, street name signs, and more.
Sign installation must follow MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices) standards. Installation of signs that regulate the flow of traffic require approval by the City Engineer and may require traffic studies prior to approval.
Cache Valley Transit District, UDOT and Union Pacific Railroad maintain their respective signs.
Storm Drain Installation & Repair
The Storm Drain installation & Repair Crew installs new storm drainage and maintain the existing drainage systems by repairing or replacing catch basins and culvert pipes when needed.
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For questions or to report a problem call 435-563- 4140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We all enjoy residing in beautiful Cache Valley, and snow is simply a reality of living here. The goal of the Public Works Division is to quickly and efficiently provide safe and clear roadways as soon as possible after a snow storm. This page provides valuable information about our snow removal program.
All the city streets have been categorized according to priority. Priority is based upon the volume of traffic and the number of homes and businesses serviced by that road. The highest priority is given to arterial roads, which include routes to schools, hills, and main roads going to residential areas. Collector roads are the next priority and are mainly residential, and local roads, including cul-de-sacs and parking lots, are the next priority. Please keep in mind that the duration and intensity of a storm are big factors. During major storms only the highest priority roads will be maintained until the storm subsides and crews are able to move onto secondary roads. Here is the complete list of plowing priorities.
Roads that we do not maintain:
We do not plow private roads, County roads or roadways that are owned by the State of Utah.
State owned roads maintained by UDOT include:
100 N from Main Street to city boundary
To contact UDOT call:
To contact the Cache County Road Department call:
You can also call Dispatch for any road emergency at (435) 753-7555.
There are over 50 cul-de-sacs in Smithfield and more are added every year. Please understand that the low amount of traffic in cul-de-sacs means that they are lower priority. Depending on the intensity and duration of the storm, we start on cul-de-sacs once the arterial roads are cleared and we've moved onto collector roads. Cul-de-sacs have limited space so they are plowed with our smaller equipment, such as backhoes and pickup trucks. Limited space also means that if there are cars parked on the street, the cul-de-sac might not be plowed because our equipment cannot maneuver around the cars. Also, there is limited space to pile snow, so it will end up on everyone's park strip. Some will get more than others.
Be aware of our equipment
A loaded snow plow weighs as much as 10 small cars. They need more room to stop, especially during storms. Even if you have the right of way, the plow might not be able to stop if you pull out in front of them. Please wait a few more seconds and let the plow go by first before pulling out (you'll have a nice plowed surface to drive on, too). The plows spread salt out the back, so be sure to allow at least 50 feet between you and the plow so that your vehicle is not damaged by flying material, nor does it impede the application of the salt. Also, do not follow a plow uphill because they can slide back down the hill. Wait until you see it reach the top, then proceed. Do not allow children to play near the street while plows are out. Do not build snow forts near the street because a snow plow can cause the fort to collapse.
Vehicles and garbage cans in the road
Cars and garbage cans are the #1 obstacle for snow plow operators. It is against Smithfield City code 10.08.100 to park a vehicles on any street or city owned parking lot between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. from November 15 to March 15. Please note that it is the local resident’s responsibility to inform out of town guests about parking regulations. Also, please do not put your garbage and recycling cans out until the morning of your collection day, and remove them from the street that evening. Keeping the road clear of vehicles and garbage cans will help our operators clear the entire roadway, which is crucial in preventing snow and ice buildup. Please review our winter parking ordinance here.
As a courtesy to your neighbors and others, please keep the sidewalk in front of your home or business free of snow and ice. Smithfield requires all owners and occupants of the City to maintain public sidewalks and bus stops adjacent to their property in a safe condition for travel, requiring prompt removal of snow, ice, sleet and other obstructions as necessary.
Shovel the public sidewalk on all sides of your property, the full width of the sidewalk down to the bare pavement.
If you have a corner property, then clear curb cuts at the corners (radius corners) and crosswalks to the street gutter.
Pile snow into your yard or park strip. It is against Smithfield City ordinance to shovel snow into streets.
Are there neighbors on your street who are elderly, disabled, or may have a hard time shoveling for any reason? Work with your neighbors to ensure your entire block is safe and accessible.
Arrange for someone to shovel while you are on vacation.
Do not throw snow back into the road
It is against Smithfield City code 12.12.080 to throw or push snow into the street with a snowblower, 4wheeler, shovel, or any other means. This creates dangerous bumps in the road that can turn into ice, causing accidents and property damage for citizens and snow plow operators. It is also against the law to throw things at snow plows.
Note to contractors
Contractors pushing parking lots for apartment buildings, schools, churches, businesses, etc., need to be aware that the snow from that area must stay on that property. Do not push the snow out into the road or onto someone else’s property.
The bottom line
The bottom line is that we do the best job we can to provide clear and safe driving conditions for citizens. Every storm is different, but our goal for each one is to provide timely and effective service. With your cooperation, we can make this winter's snow removal a success.
Smithfield City’s Water Department is responsible for delivering culinary and secondary water to the residents of Smithfield. Secondary water is available in only a small portion of the city. Smithfield’s Water department makes every effort to provide clean, safe drinking water. Each year the water professionals spend several days training, leaning new techniques on maintaining the water system and keeping it safe from contaminates. Each of Smithfield’s Water Operators is certified from the State of Utah’s Division of Drinking Water. If you have any question regarding our culinary or secondary water give us a call at 435-563-6226.
Low Water Pressure inside Your Home
Low water pressure may be the result of problems with your plumbing system or it may result from a problem in the pipeline serving your area. If you have low water pressure often, you may have debris in your pipes, water supply and other valves may not be open, or you may have leaks. To address low pressure problems inside your home, you should call a plumber and have your system checked.
A sudden drop in water pressure may result from a water main leak or other malfunction. Typically, several homes in an area will be affected.
To report a problem with low water pressure, please call our Public Works Department at 435-563-6226.
Consumer Confidence Report
Reporting Brown Water and Bad Tasting Water
Brown water occurs when normal sediments in the water lines become stirred up or “agitated.” Agitation can occur when the lines are turned off for repairs or when a line breaks. The brown color is usually from iron (rust) particles that come off of the older pipes. Although it is undesirable, the water is safe to drink. The color can stain white clothes in the washing machine. Try to eliminate the brown color by running your cold water for 15 to 20 minutes. If the color does not go away, the outside lines may need to be flushed.
To report persistent brown water, contact us at 435-563-6226
Cross Connection Basic Information
Millions of taxpayer dollars are spent every year to protect drinking water sources, water delivery systems, and treatment facilities. However, even with the best infrastructure, the integrity of the drinking water system and the quality of the water can be compromised by a single cross connection. The resulting backflow can cause illness and in an extreme case, death.
A cross connection is any actual or potential connection between the water you want to drink and any other source or system makes it possible for any used water, industrial fluid, gas or substance to enter your drinking water.
Backflow is undesirable reversal of flow of water or mixtures of water and contaminated substances into the distribution pipes of the drinking water supply. The contaminated water could then be distributed through the water system to consumers.
Cross connections can easily happen in any home, building or water system. Age or changes in the piping affecting the operation of the plumbing system are causes. Frequently, persons unaware of the inherent dangers of cross connections install plumbing. Connections to water supply systems are made for simple convenience without considering the dangerous conditions that may be created. Increased pressure or lack of pressure in a water delivery system, can, in turn, cause backflow. Examples of cross connections at residential units are a connection between culinary water pipes and secondary irrigation pipes, improper installation of a water softener, and improper lawn irrigation connection to a culinary water system. In commercial and industrial facilities, improper connection between the fire suppression system and the culinary water system pose dangers.
Cross connections and backflow incidences in Utah have resulted in dangerous, highly contaminated water unexpectedly entering drinking water systems. Irrigation waters, oil, toxic boiler compounds, sewage, pesticides, and other extremely dangerous contaminants have found their way into drinking water systems.
To prevent these occurrences, a joint responsibility contract, sometimes verbal and more often written, exists between the drinking water system and the consumer. This contract dictates that the water purveyor will provide a safe, adequate supply to the consumer and the consumer will maintain his or her privately owned plumbing system in compliance with local ordinances, requirements, codes and policies. If this joint responsibility contract is enforced, it will protect both the drinking water system and the private consumer’s responsibility and liability. Contact your local water system to find out about their efforts to protect you from cross connections. Ask your neighbors if they are aware of what a cross connection is.
More information about Cross Connection (backflow) can be found:
Utah Division of Drinking Water https://deq.utah.gov/division-drinking-water
Available Commercial backflow Testers https://waterlink.utah.gov/deqWater/public/publicBackflowComm.html
Cross Connection Control Program of Utah https://documents.deq.utah.gov/drinking-water/field-services/DDW-2017-010179.pdf
Utah Chapter of the American Backflow Prevention Association http://www.utabpa.org/
Smithfield City Construction and Design Standards https://smithfield.municipalcodeonline.com/book?type=construction#name=PART_I_DESIGN_STANDARDS
Smithfield City Municipal Code https://smithfield.municipalcodeonline.com/book?type=ordinances#name=13.08_CROSS_CONNECTION_CONTROL
Smithfield City contracts with Logan City for Wastewater Treatment. Smithfield City Public Works are responsible for the operation and maintenance of the City's sewer collection system. This includes all the main sewer lines and manholes generally found in every city street.
Properties are connected to the collection system through a pipe known as a sewer lateral. The sewer lateral runs from the end of the structure to the city main sewer pipe in the street. Property owners are responsible for the maintenance and installation of the sewer lateral from the house or business to the connection into the main sewer line. The main sewer lines collect the sewage and transport it to the Wastewater Treatment Plant located in Logan City. Once at the plant the sewage is biologically broken down into solids and clean water.
To prevent backups and buildups, routine operation of the jet cleaning equipment is performed. This operation maintains the system by using high-pressure water along with mechanical cutters to remove roots, rocks, grease and other such buildup. The portable lateral camera also helps identify problem areas and evaluate maintenance operations.
If a backup occurs
First take action to protect people and valuable property. You may call the city and we’ll check the main sewer. Any blockages found in the main lines will be promptly cleared. If the main line is not blocked, we recommend that you call a plumbing or sewer contractor to check your sewer lateral line. Maintenance and repair of the lateral serving the home or business is the responsibility of property owner/occupant. Regardless of the location of the blockage.
Back up Prevention
Taking notice of what is flushed down toilets and sinks can prevent most backups. DO NOT flush the following materials (or similar items) down toilets/drains. These items can plug the main and cause damage to you and other property owners connected to the main line.
- Large quantities of toilet paper
- Paper towels
- Feminine napkins (plastic applicators)
- Disposable diapers
- Clothing – socks – underwear…
- Plastic, metal, wood, etc.
- Large quantities of cereals or grains (they swell with water)
- Live seeds, beans, and peas (they may sprout)
- Grease, fats, oils
- Fibrous materials 9cotton balls, q-tips, baby wipes, hair, rages, cigarette butts, etc.
- Sponges, scouring pads, shop rags
Sanitary Sewer Management Plan
Storm Water is the water from rain and snow that runs off the land and enters ditches, canals, streams, rivers, lakes, and wetlands. Storm Water can pick up chemicals, oil and grease, pesticides, metals, and other contaminants that are a major source of water pollution and can pose a threat to public health and the environment.
Many people think our storm water flows into our sewer treatment facility. This is not true. The water that runs off your yard, driveway, fields, parking lots, etc., goes directly to the rivers, streams, creeks, canals, ditches, ponds, and reservoirs in Cache Valley. As it flows, it collects pollutants that are damaging to our important water resources. Even though many of us don’t live close to water bodies, the things we do can affect the water quality. You’ve probably heard the saying, "we all live downstream," but do you know what it means? It means that the water in your home comes from somewhere—if people pollute water bodies eventually that water will become the same water that flows into your home.
There are several water bodies in Cache Valley that are polluted and no longer provide clean water. These water bodies are not a lost cause. With a little effort, you can help restore the water quality throughout our watershed. A good place for all of us to start is in our own neighborhoods. It affects you and your family, but you can make a difference. Below are a few tips that can make a huge difference without costing any money!
- Much of the litter deposited on our streets gets washed down the storm drain. This litter ends up in our rivers and lakes.
- Garbage does not belong in our water bodies. Things we have found in our water include tires, mattresses, tarps, toys, bags, lawn chairs, and dead animals. These belong in the landfill.
- Put litter in its place, use the garbage can.
- Use pesticides responsibly. Follow manufacturer's instructions and do not over apply.
- Don't spray on windy days.
- Do not spray directly onto streets, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, or close to any water bodies.
- Pesticides don't only kill weeds and harmful insects, they can kill aquatic life.
- Fertilizers and yard waste, such as grass clippings or leaves that are swept down our storm drains contribute to the amount of nutrients in our rivers and lakes. The increased nutrient levels can harm fish and other wildlife.
- We can improve water quality by sweeping up fertilizers and clippings off our sidewalks and driveways to prevent them from running into storm drains.
- Do not blow yard waste into the street.
- Green waste, such a leaves, lawn clippings, and branches, can be disposed at the Logan landfill free of charge.
- Runoff from construction and development sites must be clean water only.
- Vehicles and equipment must not track mud from the construction site.
- Keep dust to a minimum.
- Oil and antifreeze leaking from our cars can enter the waterways.
- Improper oil disposal and leaking cars put 17 times more oil into the environment than the Exxon Valdez did when it crashed.
- Antifreeze is poison.
- Please dispose of oil and antifreeze in certified oil disposal locations and fix leaking cars.
- If oil or antifreeze is spilled, contain it, clean it up, and dispose of it properly.
- Washing paint brushes and dumping cleaners in the rain gutters can introduce mercury, lead, and other toxins into our waterways.
- Wash your automobile on the lawn instead of on the driveway. The grass actually entraps the soap and other chemicals and does not allow them to get to the gutter.
- Pet or animal waste is raw sewage.
- Pet waste left on our sidewalks and walking trails will eventually end up in our rivers and lakes.
- Clean up and dispose of your pet's waste.
Land Disturbance Activities within the City of Smithfield now require a permit.
Storm Water permits & Management Plan
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