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The Department of Public Works is responsible for the planning, design, and construction of all new improvements to County-owned facilities, excluding Department of Water projects. The maintenance, repair and upkeep of all County facilities, the collection and disposal of garbage and refuse, the collection and treatment of sewage, the review and enforcement of the various codes and other regulations pertaining to public and private construction work are also responsibilities of this Department.
Facilities managed by the Department of Public Works include four sanitary sewerage facilities - Wailua, Lihue, Eleele and Waimea; one sanitary landfill in Kekaha, and four refuse transfer stations - one in Princeville, one in Kapaa, one in Lihue, and another one in Hanapepe. Also being managed are three road construction and maintenance base yards - Hanalei, Kapaa, and Hanapepe and approximately 235 miles of paved roadways and 40 miles of unpaved roadways. Public works provides repair and maintenance to the buildings within two stadium complexes-one in Hanapepe and another in Lihue; ten neighborhood centers and the island's convention hall along with all other County facilities (excluding Department of Water).