The San Luis Obispo County public works department has received national accreditation from the American Public Works Association.
The accreditation program recognizes public works agencies that go beyond the requirements of the program's national standards and management practices. The department began the accreditation process in October 2011 and was approved in November.
"This award demonstrates that our department is dedicated to continuous improvement and assessment of our policies, procedures and practices, " said Wade Horton, department director.
The department provides key infrastructure services to county residents including the maintenance of 1,310 miles of county roads, review of proposed land developments and operation of numerous water and wastewater systems. These include the Nacimiento pipeline, Los Osos sewer system and water supply systems for various unincorporated areas.
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The department is one of the county's largest with 190 full-time employees and an annual budget of $60 million. San Luis Obispo County is only the 12th city or county in the state to receive the accreditation.