Public Works


The responsibilities of the Public Works Department include:  

  • Building Inspection
  • Fleet and Building Maintenance
  • Permits
  • Storm Drain Utility
  • Streets 
  • Water and Sewer
  • Development Services - Planning & Zoning 

The Water Tower

The City of Watauga Public Works Department offices can be found in one of the most unique office buildings in the world-the City's Water Tower! 

The Watauga Water Tower Office Building includes a two million gallon composite water tank with four floors of City office space in the interior of the tank. The purpose of the water tank is to provide the City of Watauga's 8,000 customers with adequate water pressure for household use, business use, and fire protection. The City of Watauga has the first water tower with four floors of office space.

Location of Offices Within the Water Tower

  • First Floor: Public Works Operations including Permits, Inspections, Street & Storm Drain, & Water Utility 
  • Second Floor: Employee Area 
  • Third Floor: Public Works Administration
  • Fourth Floor: Development Services, Building Inspection
The City of Watauga Water Tower
Year Completed: 1999
Finished Amount: $2.3 Million 
Tank Capacity: 2 million gallons 
Tank Diameter: 97 feet 
Concrete Shaft Diameter: 54 feet 
Total Height: 180 Feet 
Foundation: 330 Yards 
Total Concrete Pedestal: 1,400 Yards 
Total Weight of Steel Tanks: 282 Tons
Total Weight of Tank & Water: 23 Million Pounds 
Total Square Footage Per Floor: 2,000 Square Feet 
Total Usable Floor Space Per Floor: 1,805 Square Feet 
Architecture By: Schutts Magee 
Engineering By: Knowlton, English & Flowers 
Contractor: Landmark Structures, Inc. 
Project Manager (Interior): Complete Construction Solutions