Happy National Public Works Week! In honor of the workers who provide essential services in our communities, here are seven fascinating facts about public works.

1. The first electric street lamps were used in Paris in 1878. 

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2. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans produce 4.51 pounds of garbage per person per day.

3. In 2017, U.S. residents produced 267.8 million tons of municipal solid waste—up from 208.3 million tons in 1990.

Watch the video below to see how the City of Charlotte, North Carolina, uses Cityworks to manage their solid waste services.

4. There are more than 4 million miles of roads in the United States: 2,678,000 miles paved and 1,394,000 miles unpaved.

Watch below to learn how the City of Westland, Michigan, uses Cityworks and SeeClickFix to maintain and repair their roads. And click here to see how Cityworks Pavement Management can help you stay ahead of the curve of pavement infrastructure maintenance. 

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5. There are more than 2.6 million miles of pipelines in the United States that carry oil, water, sewage, slurry, natural gas, and biofuels. 

Watch below to discover how the City of Augusta, Georgia, speeds up their sewer line assessment process with the help of Cityworks and ArcGIS.

6. During the Great Depression, when the unemployment rate hit 25 percent, the government employed millions of Americans to complete public works projects such as building schools, airports, and roads. In fact, between 1933 and 1939, more than two-thirds of federal emergency expenditures went toward public works.

7. One such public works project was the construction of the Shasta Dam in California. Between 13,000 and 15,000 workers labored 24 hours a day, seven days a week over the span of the seven years (1938 to 1945) and were paid between 25 cents and one dollar per hour. 

Watch the video below to learn how the City of West Jordan, Utah, transformed their public works department with Cityworks.

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