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The Public Works Department is here to serve the community by providing airport, street, solid waste, water, wastewater, and storm water services. It contributes to the health, well-being, and convenience of citizens, visitors, business, and industry by operating and maintaining the City's streets, drinking water, wastewater and storm water systems for long-term service. These responsibilities must be managed in a cost effective manner as budget guidelines allow while remaining sensitive to the needs of the citizens we so proudly serve.

Jason Rogers  Director of Public Works


Wendy Smith Senior Administrative Supervisor


Lisa Barragan Clerk Technician


Joe Roman Public Works Supervisor



 Municipal Water Service
 Solid Waste
 Storm Water
 Chowchilla Municipal Airport

Telephone: (559) 665-8615, ext. 789
Fax: (559) 665-8631
Office: 130 S. Second Street
City Corporation Yard: 360 N. First Street

An Encroachment Permit is required for any work performed within the public right-of-way. Contact the Community & Economic Development Department at (559) 665-8615, ex. 787, or email them at for the required permit(s).


The Streets Division of the Public Works Department maintains the City's infrastructure including, but not limited to, over 53 miles of paved City streets, 13 miles of alleyways, approximately 32 miles of sidewalks, and over 420 City street signs.

To report a STREETLIGHT OUTAGE contact the Public Works Department at (559) 665-8615, ext. 789, or CLICK HERE to send an email. Be prepared to provide the following information: (1) Location of the streetlight; (2) the pole number; and (3) if the pole is wood or metal.

Broken and cracked sidewalks are addressed on an as needed basis particularly where public safety is concerned. To report a sidewalk problem contact the Public Works Department at (559) 885-8615, ext. 789, or CLICK HERE to send an email.

California law assigns the responsibility for maintaining the sidewalks, curbs and gutters to the contiguous property owners. Property owners are usually displeased to learn that maintenance of the city sidewalk is their financial obligation. To help lighten this burden, Staff is proposing a Sidewalk Repair Cost Assistance Program where the City could provide a short term loan to a property owner to make the repairs and potentially pay up to 50% of the costs if the damage was caused by a street tree.

To learn more about the program CLICK HERE to view or download the Sidewalk Repair Cost Assistance Program Guidelines and application booklet.

The City is responsible for maintaining the safety of the city right-of-way with regards to trees and overhanding branches. To report a tree damage emergency contact the Public Works Department at (559) 665-8615, extension 789, or CLICK HERE to send an email. In an emergency situation You can also contact the Chowchilla Police Department at (559) 665-8600.

The Public Works Department should be contacted to report any potholes in the roadway. Repairs will be handled on as needed basis particularly where public safety is concerned. To report a pothole contact the Public Works Department at (559) 885-8615, ext. 789, or CLICK HERE to send an email.


The Water Division of the Public Works Department provides safe drinking water in sufficient quantity at a reasonable cost for our customers. We also provide fire protection for the entire community.

We are responsible for maintaining water quality and continuing to provide safe drinking water to our citizens. We are closely monitored by several State of California regulatory agencies to guarantee compliance with Federal and State mandates.

Each year, the Annual Water Quality/Consumer Confidence Report is produced and provided to all of the city water customers. CLICK HERE to go to the City Home Page for a link to the reports.

The Water Division also manages a City-wide water conservation program that runs annually on a year-round basis. Conservation is key for all of us. For more information CLICK HERE to visit the CONSERVING OUR WATER page.

Please contact the Chowchilla Civic Center at (559) 665-8615, ext. 789 to place service requests for water related issues and concerns.


The Solid Waste Division of the Public Works Department provides a comprehensive waste management and recycling program. This division works closely with Mid Valley Disposal, our franchise refuse disposal service. The City of Chowchilla and Mid Valley Disposal partner together for the responsibility of weekly pick-up collection service of trash from approximately 3,100 residential addresses and 230 businesses.

CLICK HERE for more information.


The Storm Water Division of the Public Works Department maintains the City's storm drain system to provide control and disposal of storm water run-off. The system is maintained and operated through a storm run-off plan and program that is in compliance with State and Federal regulations. The system consists of four miles of drainage ditches, six reservoirs, three pump stations, and other storm drainage facilities.

Protecting our water supply
is everyone's job!

Please DO NOT put contaminants
into our storm drains.

All storm water related issues and concerns about drainage problems should first be reported to the Public Works Department at (559) 665-8615, extension 789 during business hours. The appropriate crew will be contacted to inspect and respond to service requests. After regular business hours, contact the Chowchilla Police Department at (559) 665-8600.

Sand bags are available during the winter season. If you are in need of sand bags, please contact us at (559) 665-8615, extension 789 to make arrangements.


The Wastewater Division of the Public Works Department collects compatible wastewater from our customers. We treat it using the best practical technology available to protect the general public and the environmental health of our community.

Our Wastewater Division operates a 1.0 million gallon-per-day (MGD) wastewater plant. The Wastewater Treatment Plant is located at 15750 Avenue 24 1/2. Its overall goal is to receive, treat, and dispose of residential wastewater so it is environmentally safe. This procedure is closely monitored by several State of California regulatory agencies to guarantee compliance with Federal and State mandates.

This Division also maintains 4 sewage lift pump stations and 37 miles of sewer pipelines.

To report wastewater related issues and concerns and service requests contact the Public Works Department at (559) 665-8615, extension 789, or CLICK HERE to send an email.


The Chowchilla Municipal Airport, established in 1947, offers corporate and private businesses the opportunity to utilize the airport for business purposes. This general aviation airport is situated on approximately 32 acres on the southeast edge of the City of Chowchilla and is under the day-to-day supervision of the Public Works Department. The City Administrator serves as the Airport Manager.

Location: Southeast corner of City of Chowchilla on west side of Highway 99 in the County of Madera.
FAA Identifier: 206
Frequency: ACTVT MIRL RY 12/30 CTAF: 122.9
Field Elevation: 242 feet / 74 m (estimated)
Reference Point: Lat - 37 06 45   Long - 120 14 49
Physical Address: 16487 Avenue 25, Chowchilla, CA  93610
Information Phone: (559) 665-8615, ext. 789

Building facilities consist of 11 permanent T-hangars, 10 permanent and 5 transient tie-down spaces, 1 Fixed Base Operation (FBO) located on the east side of the runway, and 1 large hangar next to 2 portable hangars. Thiel Air Care Inc. (FBO) conducts his business on the airport offering aerial agricultural services to farmers in the San Joaquin Valley. 

The Chowchilla Municipal Airport is an uncontrolled airport with no on-site supervisor or tower. Pilots are directed to check FAA Notices to Airmen (NOTAM) for temporary flight restrictions by clicking on link above or by calling flight service at 1-800-WX-BRIEF.

At this time, the airport does not have aviation gasoline fuel. The closest source for fuel is the Madera Municipal Airport, who sells aviation gasoline and jet fuel 24 hours a day. The Madera Airport is located three miles northwest of the City of Madera (approx. 10 minutes south of Chowchilla air time).

Airport operations are funded through various revenue sources: City Enterprise funds, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant funds, California State Department of Transportation Aeronautics Aid to Airports Program, and airport user fees.

The main runway is 3,250 feet long with a lighted approach aid for night operations, equipment with visual glide-slope indicator (2-box VASI on left - R/W 30) which has a straight in, non-precision instrument approach, & will accommodate small twin aircraft. 
Runways 12/30 3250' long x 60' wide, 300' paved overruns at each end
R/W End Data: Lighting: MIRL, VASI, R/W 30 only

VOR approach  R/W 30
GPS straight in  R/W 30

R/W 30 - Right @ 1000' AGL
R/W 12 - Left @ 1000' AGL

Crop dusters on runway 30/12 and all quadrants. Pilots are requested to use R/W 12 for calm wind takeoffs.

Approach to RW 12 +35' power lines 1150' from threshold on extended runway centerline.

ARTCC: Oakland Center
FSS: Rancho Murieta Flight Service Station
Notams facility: RIU (Notam-D service available)
Pattern Altitude: 1000' AGL
Segmented Circle: Yes

For information from, CLICK HERE

For information on hangar availability, CLICK HERE