January 2017 Vol. 72 No. 1


Houston Public Works Director Unveils Sewer, Water Plans

Dale Rudick addressed the UCTA Gulf Coast Chapter at the December luncheon meeting.

Dale Rudick, director of Houston’s Public Works and Engineering Division, discussed the department, current projects and its upcoming, five-year capital improvement plan (CIP) at the Dec. 7 luncheon meeting of the Underground Construction Technology Association Gulf Coast Chapter.

As director, Rudick oversees the department’s 3,900-employee, $2 billion-per-year services to Houston citizens through the planning, operation, maintenance, construction management and technical engineering of the city’s public infrastructure. This includes the production and distribution of over 146 billion gallons of water per year, treatment of over 90 billion gallons per year of wastewater, and maintenance of over 60,000 storm water manholes and over 100,000 storm water inlets.

In fulfilling these responsibilities, Rudick stressed the importance of building strong relationships – specifically with the UCTA audience, which he views as an extension of his staff.  “It’s a massive amount of infrastructure, and things will go wrong,” he explained. “We need you to help us identify and elevate those things, so we can address them quickly.”

UCTA, was founded in 1992 to promote education, training, research, development and information concerning traditional, trenchless and rehabilitation technologies, and further the use of these technologies, along with condition assessment. The association fulfills these objectives by providing a forum for members to share information, learn about these developments in its regular meetings and activities, and through the support of external programs.

The UCTA currently has three regional chapters: Gulf Coast, North Texas and South Texas. For more information, go to uctaonline.org.

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