Public Works

Martin Public Works strives to maintain and improve the City of Martin’s streets, natural resources and water and sewer Water Tower - Copyservices through collaborative efforts.

Marty Ables

Questions should be directed to the water department business office at (731) 587-3126.​


Trash Hauling

Trash hauling services are provided by Republic Services.  For more information please visit their website at http://www.republicservices.com/.

If you are unsure of the time of you trash pick up, we recommend placing your trash cans out the night before your scheduled pick up day.

Please call Martin City Hall with any questions.


Sewer Department

The City of Martin’s wastewater collection system consists of a network of approximately 125 miles of pipe. These sewer lines and mains, which range in size from 4 to 36 inches in diameter, must be maintained 24 hours a day to make sure wastewater is safely delivered from your home or business to the treatment plant. A crew of 4 sewer maintenance employees perform around the clock to ensure these lines are in good working condition through inspection, cleaning and repairs. They also make taps for new service connections and perform short sewer line extensions. The sewerage system is undergoing continuous rehabilitation to prevent rain-induced infiltration and inflow from entering and keeping wastewater from exiting. For more information on these projects, call our office at (731) 587-4910.

In spite of the city’s best efforts, wastewater spills occur when sanitary sewer pipes become blocked, restricted or hydraulically overloaded due to excessive rainfall, causing sewage to flow out through manholes or back up onto private property. Most spills are relatively small and can be stopped and cleaned up quickly. Left unattended, however, overflows can result in property damage, foul odors, environmental problems and fish kills. Our goal is to minimize these overflows and keep the community’s wastewater collection system in good working order. Customers can help by letting us know if they see or suspect a sewage overflow. Please call (731) 587-4910 or (731) 587-3126 to report a spill.

When applying for a new sewer connection, please contact city hall at (731) 587-3126. An application form will need to be completed and a tap fee will be required before a work order can be generated for sewer maintenance to schedule this work. Depending upon the circumstances, a lateral construction fee may be required if no connection exists or if one is present but the lateral needs to be extended to serve the property.


Street Department

The street department is responsible for various projects ranging from potholes, sidewalk and asphalt repairs. City streets are checked regularly for damages and are repaired as soon as possible. All street signs and storm drains within the city limits are installed and maintained by the street department. Right of ways are checked for visibility and obstructions.

We are on call 24 hours a day for any road hazards such as spills, snow, ice or flooding. The street department also removes blown down trees or any other hazard complaints.

For more information or emergencies, you may contact the City of Martin street department at (731) 587-4910 during regular business hours. Our business hours Monday – Friday, 7:00 am until 4:00 pm if you have an emergency after hours, during weekends or holidays call the Martin Police Department at (731) 587-5355. All emergencies will be forwarded to the proper contact person.

Drainage can be a major problem, especially during the rainy season. Clogged ditches, storm water drainage pipes and basins can cause water to stand in the road. This is dangerous to motorists and should be reported when this problem id found.

Traffic Lights can cause a serious problem when not functioning correctly. If a light is out or flashing please report this to the Public Works Department.

Traffic Signs are a feature that safely control the flow of traffic. Sometimes these signs are obstructed, knocked down, twisted or even stolen. Signs that need to be repaired or replaced should be reported to the Public Works Department as soon as possible.


Water Department

Click here to view 2019 Martin Water Department Water Quality Report

The City of Martin operates its own water treatment plant maintaining the highest water quality standards as established by the state of Tennessee.

To acquire service or to have service disconnected, the water department business office is located at Martin City Hall, 109 university Street, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm except holidays.

Wastewater is treated at the Martin Wastewater treatment plant. Wastewater fees are based on water usage.

For your convenience, payments may be made in person at city hall, deposited in the night depository in the lobby of city hall, mailed to City of Martin, P.O. Box 290 Martin, TN 38237 or by electronic bank draft.

Water conservation tips:

  • Install low-flow faucet aerators.
  • Take quick showers instead of baths. Generally showers use less water.
  • Install a low-flow shower head. You will only use about 2.5 gallons per minute.
  • Repair leaking or dripping faucets.
  • Install a “toilet dam” inside the toilet’s water holding tank.

Questions regarding water bills should be directed to the water department business office at (731) 587-3126.​

Christmas came early for the City of Martin Water Department. Representative from the State of Tennessee Department of Health and United States Department of Health and Human Services were on hand to make the certificate presentation to Martin Mayor, Randy Brundige, and Director of Public Works, Marty Ables.

            The City of Martin Water Department received the Water Fluoridation Quality Award. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention commended the City of Martin water system for it consistent and professional adjustment of the fluoride content to the recommended level for oral health for twelve consecutive months.High quality water fluoridation, as demonstrated by the water system, is a safe and effective method to prevent tooth decay and improve oral health of all community residents.

In addition, the State of Territorial Dental Directors Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presented a Fifty-Year Awardfor contributions made on behalf of the community water fluoridation. The City of Martin has been practicing community water fluoridation since 1967.

Mayor Brundige stated that water is fundamental human need. We are fortunate to have exemplary city employees who take their jobs seriously. Nathan Mansfield, City of Martin Certified Plant Operator, does a fantastic job, and he is the reason for this award.

Pubic Works Director, Marty Ables, commended Mansfield as well and stated that fluoridation is an efficient and cost-effective way to improve oral health in the City of Martin.

Pictured: Melanie Sesti (Department of Health), Marty Ables, Mayor Randy Brundige, Lauren Weiland (Department of Health))




Gas Department

Natural gas is lighter than air, non-toxic and contains no poisonous ingredients. Breathing natural gas is not harmful as long as there is an adequate supply of air to breathe along with it.

Natural gas by itself will not burn. Combustion can occur only when there is a mixture of gas and air containing between five (5) percent and fifteen (15) percent natural gas and between eighty-five (85) percent and ninety-five (95) percent air.

When natural gas is burned, it produces mostly carbon dioxide and water vapor; the substance emitted when people breathe. Compared with other fossil fuels, natural gas emits the least amount of carbon dioxide into the air. This makes natural gas the cleanest burning fossil fuel.

Natural gas in its natural state is odorless. A chemical known as Mercaptan is added to give natural gas the odor that smells like rotten eggs so that you can detect it.

Because of its unique qualities of being lighter than air with a narrow band of combustion, natural gas is the safest energy source available. Understanding and following safety procedures will make it even safer.

You can be an important addition to a pipeline company’s safety program by being alert to conditions or situations that could threaten the integrity of pipelines in your neighborhood. Here are examples of potentially dangerous situations. Please immediately contact us at (731) 587-4910 if you encounter any of these or need any additional information:

  • Accidental hit of a pipeline. Occasionally a plow, post-hole digger or other excavation equipment strikes a pipeline. While the impact may not seem significant, damage to the pipe and coating creates a concentration of stress and corrosion on that part of the pipeline. The pipeline company will inspect the damage and make any necessary repairs or maintenance.
  • Washout of soils on the pipeline right-of-way, or along river and stream banks. Erosion can expose a pipeline to damage from machinery or the elements. The pipeline company will take action to protect the pipeline.
  • Suspected pipeline leak. There are several signs that can indicate a leak is present. If you see any of these signs, please notify the pipeline operator and the Martin Gas Department will investigate the situation:
    Distressed or dead vegetation in a pipeline right-of-way.
    This can be caused by a small leak in a gas pipeline.
    Hissing sound or odor of gas in the pipeline right-of-way.

If a strong or persistent odor of gas is present in your home or business, or if you hear a hissing sound of escaping natural gas, follow this procedure:

  • Get everyone out of the building immediately.
  • Leave the door open.
  • Use a neighbor’s phone or cellular phone outside of the building to call our office.
  • Do not operate any electrical switches, appliance controls, or pull any plugs from outlets.
  • Do not use the telephone in the building.
  • Close the cut-off near the gas meter and do not turn it on again. (The Gas Department representative will turn it on.)

If possible, ventilate the building by opening doors and windows at top and bottom. Start where the odor is the strongest. Do not re-enter the building for this purpose.