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Davenport, IA 52801
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Street Sweeping

Street SweeperStreet sweeping is a component of the City's NPDES MS4 pollution prevention and good housekeeping program. Street sweepers operate daily throughout the City on a rotational basis unless there is accumulated snow fall.  City streets are swept an average of twenty-six times per year. 

During the fall, sweepers operate more frequently in areas with dense tree canopy.  The sweepers get their biggest workout during the spring after snow melt and during the fall. On average street sweepers remove almost 5,000 cubic yards or almost 700 tons of debris from city streets each year.

Street Sweepers protect our water quality and wildlife by preventing oil, metals, and other harmful debris from entering our creeks and streams each year.

The City's Clean Water Fee pays for the street sweeping service.   

Non-Routine Sweeping Services

  • Citizens may request a section of street or stormdrain to be cleaned.
  • Sweeping is scheduled for special events on streets, both before and after the event.  
  • Areas at the bottom of hills are swept after rain events to pick up the litter and debris that accumulates on top of the stormdrains because the accumulations can interfere with drainage and cause street flooding.
  • Sweeping is scheduled within 24 hours of street re-opening after repairs. 

To place a non-routine request for service, call Public Works at 563.326.7923 or visit the Action Center.

Raking Out Leaves and Blowing Grass Clippings to the Street
Leaves and grass clippings left in the street can be washed to nearby storm drains where they can contribute to both localized flooding and degradation of local water quality.  Raking out leaves and blowing grass clippings into the street is considered a violation of the "Clean Water Act" and City Code, Chapter 8.14.400.  

While Public Works does provide street sweeping to remove natural accumulations of leaves from our streets, the service does not provide for the removal of grass clippings or placed masses of leaves raked to the street.  Clippings and placed masses of leaves can easily be distinguished from natural accumulations and can lead to fines ranging from $100 to $250. 

The City offers several convenient alternatives to dispose of grass clippings, leaves and other yard wastes, including "No Sticker Yard Waste Weeks" in the spring and fall to encourage residents to properly dispose of yard wastes.

To report a rake-out or grass clippings in the street, call Public Works at 563.326.7923 or visit the Action Center.