The Water, Sewer, and Street Departments are responsible for all activities and/or maintenance associated to the City’s water, sewer, and street infrastructure.
The City of Aurora water system covers nearly 2,000 acres and consists of approximately 55 miles of water main ranging in size from 2” to 16”. The system is supplied by six municipal water wells and a 300,000-gallon water storage tower. The city wells were constructed in 1956, 1965 (re-drilled in 2005), 1973, 1978, 1999, and 2016. The water tower was constructed in 1956. Based on our 2017 water usage data the wells pumped an average of 923,240 gallons per day and an annual total of 336,982,500 gallons.
The sewer collection system covers nearly 2,000 acres and consists of approximately 45 miles of sewer main ranging in size from 4” to 24”. The system includes four lift stations and approximately 7,500 lineal feet of 8” force main. The collection system carries approximately 900,000 gallons per day to our waste water treatment facility.
The 2010 census population of Aurora was 4,479. The water system currently serves approximately 2,000 resident connections and approximately 29 non-resident connections (outside corporate limits). The sewer collection system currently serves approximately 2,000 resident connections and approximately 90 non-resident connections (outside corporate limits).
The City street infrastructure consists of approximately 96 lane miles of concrete, brick, asphalt, and gravel streets. The city is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the streets as well as curbs, bridges, drainage culverts, pedestrian and school crosswalks, traffic signals, installation and repairs, traffic control and signage, pavement markings, city storm sewer and drainage system, street sweeping, mowing and noxious weed control of public right-of-ways and properties, grading, ice control and snow removal operations, storm damage and cleanup, traffic control for emergency services and City Council approved community events.
Water / Sewer / Street Applications
- Right-of-Way Construction Application (download PDF)
- Street Closure Request Application (download PDF)
- Application for Plumbers License (download PDF)
- Application for Electricians License (download PDF)
Snow Policy for the City of Aurora, Nebraska
What do crews do if there is not enough snow to plow, but the streets are icy?
During light snowfalls, and when streets are icy, street crews will spread a mixture of salt and sand on major arterials, downtown, and at intersections with stop signs.
When does snow removal begin?
When enough snow has accumulated (2-6″), crews begin to plow the streets. After emergency marked streets that are designated snow routes have been plowed, work will begin on residential streets.
Which streets are cleared by the City Street Department?
The City Street Department removes snow from all streets within the City Limits of Aurora. It is the Nebraska Department of Roads responsibility through a maintenance agreement with the Nebraska Department of Roads to remove snow from both Highways 34 and 14.
What about snow removal in the downtown business district?
It is not practical to try to clear the streets of snow during daytime hours due to the amount of traffic and parked vehicles. The snow removal in the business district is usually done the night following the snowstorm. Depending on the amount of snow, the business district is generally windrowed to the center of the streets and avenues, and hauled out. If necessary, parallel parking is only allowed on streets that have been windrowed, until the snow has been removed.
When will my street be plowed?
Depending on the severity of the snowstorm, residential streets are usually plowed within 12 hours after the storm ends. Of course, it may take longer to clear all city streets in case of a blizzard or equipment failure.
What about my alley?
All residential alleys are cleared last.
What about driveways and sidewalks?
When cleaning your street, crews have no place to push the snow except to the curb. This creates the unavoidable problem of already cleared sidewalks and driveways becoming covered with snow. Unfortunately, the City does not have the money or personnel to clean sidewalks and driveways. The City Street Department asks your cooperation in removing the snow again. We all need to work together to keep our city safe, including clearing sidewalks of snow.
The City Code further states that no person shall deposit, throw, blow, or otherwise dispose of any snow, ice, or hard packed snow on any public property, street, alley, or other public way except for the sidewalks in the downtown area, which snow shall be returned to the curb-line dividing the streets and sidewalks in said designated area.
What if my mailbox becomes covered with snow?
Again, because crews have no place to put the snow, curbside mailboxes may become blocked. Since the City does not have the personnel to remove snow from the mailbox area, we ask that you clear the snow from your mailbox area, according to City Code, to allow the Post Office to deliver your mail.
What is meant by a “snow emergency”?
When the Mayor declares a snow emergency, it simply means no vehicles may be parked on streets where you see emergency route signs. If necessary, the snow emergency may be extended to prohibit or restrict parking on arterial and residential streets. Should a snow emergency be declared, notice will be given by radio, television, and, if feasible, in the newspaper. A list of emergency routes can be found here.
If I have an emergency, what should I do?
Call the Police Department at 911.
How many lane miles does the City have to plow?
The City of Aurora removes snow from 96 lane miles of streets.
What if I have questions about snow removal?
If you have questions, you may call the City Hall 402.694.6992, or the Street Department at 402.694.2511
Darrell has been a reliable employee of the City going on 15 years. His experience and understanding of the infrastructure and the necessity to protect the public, property, and environment including the safety of his co-workers is essential to the success of the projects and/or maintenance the City has and will be undertaking in the future. He is in constant communication with the utilities superintendent while planning and performing the day to day operations of the department. In his role as the supervisor of the Water/ Sewer/ Street departments Darrell is responsible for all aspects of the city’s infrastructure.