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Public Works & Parks

The mission of the Department of Public Works and Parks is to maintain the City's water, sewer and street and traffic systems for the protection of the public's safety and to maintain all city parks, playgrounds, beaches and street trees, as well as maintaining the cemetery and public buildings so as to improve the quality of life for all the citizens of Worcester.

The Department of Public Works and Parks endeavors to provide effective street and traffic control maintenance, deliver safe, potable drinking water, proper maintenance at the cemetery, provide well maintained parks and beaches, including a golf course, effective building management oversight and structural expertise, properly dispose of sewage and collect and dispose of residential solid waste efficiently and economically.

DPW&P is here for you all year round, ready to solve your public works problems, direct you, or just answer your questions.

Latest News

The latest news via the City of Worcester DPW&P Facebook Page.

  • Even the smallest patio or porch can grow a bounty of vegetables or a garden of flowers in containers. Here are some tips to start your container garden! #KeepWorcesterGreen #cleanandgreen - View Photo - Fri 05/29/2015 02:05 PM
  • Beginning on Friday, May 29th, the DPW&P will begin sweeping in the following areas. For questions, please contact DPW&P Customer Service at (508) 929-1300. - View Photo - Thu 05/28/2015 01:32 PM
  • Please be advised that the Water Department will be shutting down the water main on Eleanor Drive from Bjorklund Ave. to Stonegate Lane while making repairs. Thank you for your cooperation and please contact DPW&P Customer Service at (508) 929-1300 with any questions or concerns. - Thu 05/28/2015 10:17 AM
  • The latest Water Quality Report is now available on our website at www.worcesterma.gov/e-services/document-center/water-sewer/water-quality-report.pdf. This report contains important information about the source and quality of your drinking water. If you would like to request that a paper report be mailed to you, please call (508) 929-1300 or email dpw@worcesterma.gov. Paper copies will be mailed by July 1st. - View Link - Wed 05/27/2015 11:11 AM
  • Here are a few examples of vegetables that you can grow from scraps. What a great way to reuse and recycle! #keepworcestergreen #cleanandgreen - View Photo - Wed 05/27/2015 10:31 AM
  • **Corrected Release** Indian Lake to be closed for algae treatment Worcester, MA - Indian Lake will be closed on Thursday, May 28 and Friday May 29 due to an aluminum sulfate treatment being administered to eradicate algae. The Indian Lake Watershed Association, in cooperation with The City of Worcester, has contracted with Aquatic Control Technology to conduct the treatment. The goal of the treatment is to lower phosphorus levels in the water and reduce the likelihood of nuisance algal blooms. The City of Worcester Department of Inspectional Services asks that people refrain from using the lake for swimming or other water contact activity beginning at 7:00am May 28. Normal use may resume on Saturday, May 30 at 7:00am. This treatment is being conducted pursuant to an Order of Conditions issued by the Worcester Conservation Commission and a permit issued by MassDEP. The treatment will be paid for by the Indian Lake Watershed Association, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to restore and preserve the Indian Lake Watershed and surrounding neighborhood through cooperation with city officials and residents. Since May 1, weekly tests have shown extremely low levels of blue-green algae. Indian Lake, like many urban waterways, has suffered from the negative effects of development. Nutrients derived from phosphorus from fertilizers and detergents, runoff from unprotected development, oil, sand and salt from parking lots and streets, and various other items entering the storm drains throughout the watershed reach the lake. After algae prompted the closure of the lake last summer, City Manager Edward Augustus, District City Councilor Tony Economou, state representatives James O'Day and John Mahoney, Indian Lake Watershed Association Vice President Beth Proko and others met to plan for the long term health of the lake. Out of those meetings have come a number of long- and short-term action steps - including erosion control, catch basin maintenance, an annual drawdown of the lake, increased bacteria monitoring and public education efforts - to address the well-being of the lake. Members of the public with questions may call the City of Worcester at 508-929-1300 - Wed 05/27/2015 10:09 AM
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