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Public Works Projects of the Year

CONTACT: Nader Heydari, Deputy Public Works Director,; 805-449-2392

                    Alexandra South, Director of Strategic Communications and Public Affairs,; 805-449-2120


Public Works Department Projects of the Year

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., May 9, 2023 - The City of Thousand Oaks Public Works Department has been accredited by the American Public Works Association (APWA) since 2010 for the City’s infrastructure programs and services.  The Ventura County APWA Chapter recognizes public infrastructure projects that exemplify public safety, program effectiveness, cost efficiency and community benefit annually.  APWA recently recognized the City’s high-profile projects in with Project of the Year awards in three separate categories. They include the following projects: 

Meadows Reservoir (Emergency Repair Category)

Following a routine inspection, major distress was discovered in this 4.5-million-gallon potable water reservoir that required that it be drained, shut down and repaired. This $2.4 million emergency repair project featured fast track design and construction phasing, starting in February 2022 and being completed in less than 11 months with minimal impact to adjacent residents. 

La Granada Pump Station (Environmental Category) 

The new pump station at the La Granada Reservoir helps ensure approximately 1,000 customers in the area receive potable water and supply adequate water for fighting fires. To maintain water delivery services to area residents, this $6M pump station reconstruction facility included the installation of two 50 HP (750 gallons per minute) pumps and a 300 HP (4,000 gallons per minute) fire pump.  The project also has a 400 kW standby emergency generator, and 2,800-foot waterline. The project was completed on time under budget without any water service interruption and helped save the City over $2M in new reservoir costs.  

Willow Lane Project - Transportation Category 

This $6.5 million project provides 1.5 miles of new sidewalk and Class II bicycle lane improvements along Willow Lane and Conejo School Road from Hampshire Road to Hillcrest Drive.  As part of the City’s on-going program to construct sidewalks and bike lanes throughout the community, this project filled missing gaps in the sidewalk network providing key upgrade to a critical link between Westlake and downtown Thousand Oaks. The project provided street improvements that increased pedestrian and bicycle safety, and introduced traffic calming measures that improve air quality, and did so by leveraging nearly 50% federal and state grant funding. 

For information on 2023 Public Works construction projects, please visit