The City of Dell Rapids Public Works Department is responsible for maintenance of streets and parks, maintenance and operation of the water and wastewater utilities, and operation of the City rubble site.
The department is staffed by six full-time employees consisting of the Public Works Director, one Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator, and four Equipment Operators/Laborers. Additionally, the department seasonal part-time employees during the summer months to maintain the City Parks.
Public Works is responsible for 35 miles of City streets and alleyways. Crewmen perform street sweeping, crack sealing, and pothole repair. The City annually bids for chip sealing work to extend the life of older asphalt streets. This department also performs street sign maintenance, street crosswalk marking, clean-up after storms, and many other tasks that require immediate attention.
The Public Works Department maintains 220 acres of green space within the City. Three part-time employees are used in the summer months to mow and maintain the City parks, which include several baseball and softball fields. During the summer the City crews mow 40 acres every three days. Dell Rapids has been a "Tree City USA" community since 1985.
The City operates two elevated water towers as part of its water distribution system. A 150,000-gallon tower built in 1962 is located at the intersection of 10th Street and Orleans Avenue. In 2003, a 500,000-gallon elevated tank was constructed at the intersection of 15th Street and Clark Avenue. A 150,000-gallon ground storage reservoir is located just east of the Public Works shop. Three Public Works employees are certified by the South Dakota Department of Water and Natural Resources as Water Distribution System Operators.
The City utilizes a newly built Sequence Batch Reactor system for wastewater treatment. The facility was completed in 2018. The wastewater collection system utilizes six lift stations to move wastewater to the gravity flow sewer mains and to the lagoons for treatment. Three Public Works employees are certified by the South Dakota Department of Water and Natural Resources as Wastewater Collection System Operators.