Water Engineering and Operations

Utilities department

The City of Palo Alto Utilities Water Engineering Section is responsible for planning, designing, budgeting and construction of major capital improvements to the city’s water distribution system. This program replaces approximately 15,000 linear feet of water mains each year. 


Several years ago, Water Engineering completed an Emergency Water Supply and Storage Project to increase the City’s water system storage and supply reliability during catastrophic emergencies.


The Water Operations Section is responsible for maintaining, operating, and ensuring water quality conforms to drinking water standards.

Some of our Capital Improvement Projects

New Construction

If you need a new water service or meter installation due to new construction, addition or remodeling of a building in Palo Alto, look at the menu under new services and meters to the left.