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All Public Works Divisions continue to operate as normal, such as wastewater collection and treatment, collection of trash and recycling, street sweeping, filling of potholes, etc.

Please note that the following Public Works facilities are included in the list of public buildings closed to the general public:

  • 503 N. 6th St., (Public Works Building)
  • 836 Lincoln St, (Sewers Department)
  • 899 Morgantown Rd (Waste Water Treatment Plant)

You may communicate with the Public Works Department through the following methods:

Trash or Recycling Division:

  • All waste collections will continue as normal.
  • Concerns regarding collection, illegal dumping, graffiti, or other waste collection and clean city topics can be directed to:
  • The City is still able to support community cleanups but advises residents to follow CDC guidelines regarding large gatherings.

We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.


Welcome to the City of Reading’s Public Works Department.
This page is intended to provide a general overview of the department and includes information that you might find useful as a resident of the City of Reading.

We have been recognized as a leading model of sustainable urban living and one of the most vibrant and innovative communities in Pennsylvania. In fact, Reading was the first city in Pennsylvania to be recognized for its sustainability leadership, earning a 3-STAR Community Rating in 2015.



The Public Works department administers a variety of programs that affect the health, convenience and comfort of City residents and the community including:

  • Maintenance and repair of all City streets, bridges, sidewalks and medians in public rights of way
  • Traffic safety and signage including a comprehensive traffic signal and signing network and pavement markings such as crosswalks and lane striping
  • Design of public works projects and review of related construction including general permits and inspections for encroachments on public right-of-way
  • The maintenance and repair of all City motorized equipment
  • The collection and disposal of solid waste and recycling
  • The maintenance and repair of City owned buildings as well as storm water and waste water sewers




The Public Works Department prides itself on providing quality services and strives to be responsive to your needs.


Please take the time to explore our entire website and check back often as new information is constantly added.