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Hydrants & Basins - Keep Them Clear


The winter months bring a special concern to Worcester Public Works & Parks and the Fire Department. Winter storms can often hide fire hydrants under a mountain of snow making them impossible to find quickly. In the event of a fire, firefighters have to locate and shovel out fire hydrants before hooking up to them. Precious time is lost. Please don't let your neighborhood hydrant remain "undercover".

We are asking that you help us by keeping the fire hydrant closest to your residence or business clear of snow. We need a 3 foot clearance on all sides. When shoveling snow be aware of vehicle traffic. Do not stand in the street and be careful not to slip and fall out into the roadway.

To Adopt-A-Hydrant, please call the DPW Customer Service Center at (508) 929-1300. Please keep the hydrant clean of snow during the winter months. Also, keep hydrants free of overgrowth (grass and weeds) the rest of the year. For doing this, you will receive a hydrant adoption certificate along with our sincere thanks. Citizens and civic groups (Boy Scouts, etc) can "adopt" a hydrant or hydrants in their neighborhood.

Clear A Catch Basin

Catch Basins are the receptacles below the square grate in the street next to the curb. They are designed to accept stormwater flows and catch debris that should not be transferred to local receiving waters. Please help us reduce local street flooding during storms by clearing debris, leaves or snow from the tops of catch basins.

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