Public Works

Public Works

The City of Gunnison's Public Works Department consists of several divisions that work together to provide reliable utility services to the citizens of Gunnison. The department is responsible for supplying safe and dependable electric service; delivering a potable water supply; treating wastewater; maintaining dependable sanitary and storm sewers; providing refuse and recycle services; keeping the streets safe and clear for passage, and servicing the city's fleet of vehicles and machinery. 


All excavation within the City ROW requires an approved and signed City of Gunnison Right Of Way (ROW) Permit prior to beginning any excavation activities. Utility Locates are required per Colorado Dig Safely Law, please call 811.

For more information on ROW Permits please visit:  ROW Permits

Gunnison Gold 

The City of Gunnison is proud to announce the "Gunny Gold" Compost Outreach Initiative. This collaborative effort by Danielle du Plooy and Dannah Leeman, WCU Masters of Environmental Management students, outlines the process of creating Gunny Gold Compost and the chemical and nutrient analysis. 
Looking to purchase Gunny Gold?   Click here:   Gunny Gold


The Public Works Department is located at 1100 W. Virginia Ave and consists of the following divisions:

  • Electric – The Electric Department oversees two electric substations and approximately 65 miles of overhead and underground electric lines. The City of Gunnison electric system serves approximately 4300 electric customers.
  • Fleet Department – The Fleet Department maintains the entire fleet of City vehicles, approximately 192 vehicles, and various pieces of equipment.
  • Refuse and Recycling – The Refuse and Recycling Department is responsible for refuse and recycling collection within the City limits.
  • Streets & Alleys – The Streets & Alleys Department is responsible for maintaining approximately 35 centerline miles of City streets and 24 miles of alleys, including plowing, signage, street trees, sidewalks. This department also maintains the trails through the Van Tuyl Ranch and Ridges to Rivers Project.
  • Wastewater Collection – The Wastewater Treatment Plant is located off of McCabe's Lane. Click here for directions. The phone number for the plant is 641-8040. Call for information about drinking water testing. The plant has the capacity to treat wastewater for about 17,000 people.
  • Water & Sewer – The Sewer & Water Department is responsible for supplying fresh water to the City of Gunnison customers, wastewater collection, and the City irrigation ditch. The City water and sewer system consist of approximately 34 miles of water lines, 30 miles of sewer lines, 3 water storage tanks that hold over 2 million gallons of water, 9 water wells, and 25 miles of irrigation ditch. 

You can now TEXT the City of Gunnison!   Skip a phone call and text us to find answers to your questions.  Text "hi" to 970-642-3347 and follow the prompts.  
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You may click here to email your non-urgent requests.

Please call Dispatch at 970-641-8200 to report any urgent after-hour requests.


Welcome to Gunnison

Gunnison is a small mountain community on the western slope of Colorado with a population of approximately 6,560 full time residents. The population increases annually with the influx of tourism and Western Colorado University students numbering an additional 2,500. The City of Gunnison is the county seat for Gunnison County. Gunnison has a rich history of ranching, agriculture, mining, tourism and outdoor recreation opportunities that bring many more people through the community.
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