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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.

  • Rain gardens are coming to Worcester! On June 18th, the City of Worcester Sewer Department will be planting a rain garden on Northeast Cutoff. Rain from the street will flow into the garden and feed the plants. This allows the water to be filtered through the ground before it reaches Lake Quinsigamond nearby. This removes contaminants like oil and nutrients, which can lead to algal blooms. The rain garden also provides the curb visual benefits, instead of scrub and brush it grows beautiful grasses and flowers. - View Photo - Mon 05/23/2016 12:31 PM
  • Beginning on Monday, May 23rd, the DPW&P will be sweeping in the following areas. For questions, please contact DPW&P Customer Service at (508) 929-1300. - View Photo - Fri 05/20/2016 10:31 AM
  • Most drains in the City flow directly to the nearest waterbody without any treatment. Any material (i.e. litter, dog waste, oil) that enters a storm drain will eventually find its way to local waters. Girl Scout Troop 30005 helped educate local residents by stenciling 32 storm drains in the Beaver Brook watershed. They also distributed information about stormwater and proper pet waste disposal. THANK YOU Taegan, Emma, Riley, Grace, Lauren, Catrina and Emily! From stenciling catch basins to adopting a fire hydrant, there are many ways to get involved and help your community! For more information about volunteer opportunities, please contact DPW&P Customer Service at (508) 929-1300. - View Photo - Fri 05/20/2016 07:48 AM
  • The MassDOT - Highway Division upgrades to the Belmont St. bridge over Rt. 290 continues and some temporary changes to the local water system are needed to accommodate this work. Areas that may possibly be affected are bounded by: Belmont St. (Lincoln St. to Eastern Ave.), Lincoln St. (Belmont St. to Catherine St.), Catherine St. (Lincoln St. to Hooper St.), Hooper St. (Catherine St. to Belmont St.), Eastern Ave. (Belmont St. to Laurel St.), Laurel St., School St., Major Taylor Blvd. (School St. to Belmont St.) Work is expected to take several months. No one is expected to lose their water service; however, disturbances to the water system may temporarily cause rusty or cloudy water conditions. We are working hard to plan the work in order to minimize the chances of causing our customers rusty or cloudy water. Residents in this area are advised to check their cold water before each use. If you do experience rusty water, please report it to the Department; refrain from washing white laundry or to use your hot water tap until the cold water has cleared. For questions, or to report an issue, please contact DPW&P Customer Service at (508) 929-1300. - View Photo - Thu 05/19/2016 02:34 PM
  • Beginning on Friday, May 20th, 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 05/19/2016 10:14 AM
  • There is no wrong time to start a compost bin, but it is easier to start composting during the spring and summer months. During the warm weather, the contents in the compost bin are able to break down more easily. The Earth Machine compost bin is available for $45 and can be purchased at DPW&P Customer Service, 76 East Worcester Street. Proof of residency is required when purchasing a compost bin. Please call (508) 929-1300 in advance so that we may have the bin ready. - View Photo - Thu 05/19/2016 08:02 AM
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