Franklin Department of Public Works

Franklin Department of Public Works The Franklin DPW serves the Town of Franklin Massachusetts, maintaining roads, water, sewer, drainage and GIS systems, and much more!
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Mission: The Department of Public Works mission is to support and enhance the quality of life for the Town of Franklin’s residents, businesses and visitors by providing well planned, environmentally sensitive, cost effective infrastructure and services to promote public health, personal safety, transportation, and economic growth.

Summer jobs available with the DPW! Apply today: https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/uploads/summer-jobs-p...
03/11/2020

Summer jobs available with the DPW! Apply today:https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/uploads/summer-jobs-posting-feb2020.pdf

Join us for our second Stormwater Information Session tomorrow night.
03/10/2020

Join us for our second Stormwater Information Session tomorrow night.

Don't forget to order your rain barrel! The Great American Rain Barrel Company is offering Franklin residents discounted...
02/19/2020
About community programs - The Great American Rain Barrel

Don't forget to order your rain barrel! The Great American Rain Barrel Company is offering Franklin residents discounted barrels for just $69. Residents may then apply for a $50 water conservation rebate from the DPW for a total cost of only $19 (rebates are limited to two per household)! Order before midnight, Thursday, April 30 and pick up at the DPW Admin Office (257 Fisher St, Franklin) on Wednesday, May 6, from 4-6 PM.

Click here for more information or to order: https://www.greatamericanrainbarrel.com/community/

How to apply for a water conservation rebate:
https://www.franklinma.gov/public-works/news/water-conservation-rebates-now-available

Community programs are easy to run and are designed to...

02/16/2020
EXTENDED TO TUESDAY 2/18 FROM 7 AM TO 3 PM.  The parking area will be open all weekend and President's Day.  Thank you!
02/14/2020

EXTENDED TO TUESDAY 2/18 FROM 7 AM TO 3 PM. The parking area will be open all weekend and President's Day. Thank you!

Attention SNETT Trail Users!! We appreciate your cooperation during construction of the new Water Treatment Plant!

Come to one of our stormwater information sessions and meet Ben Franklin!
02/13/2020

Come to one of our stormwater information sessions and meet Ben Franklin!

Attention SNETT Trail Users!!   We appreciate your cooperation during construction of the new Water Treatment Plant!
02/12/2020

Attention SNETT Trail Users!! We appreciate your cooperation during construction of the new Water Treatment Plant!

Don't forget to order your rain barrel! The Great American Rain Barrel Company is offering Franklin residents discounted...
02/03/2020
About community programs - The Great American Rain Barrel

Don't forget to order your rain barrel! The Great American Rain Barrel Company is offering Franklin residents discounted barrels for just $69. Residents may then apply for a $50 water conservation rebate from the DPW for a total cost of only $19 (rebates are limited to two per household)! Order before midnight, Thursday, April 30 and pick up at the DPW Admin Office (257 Fisher St, Franklin) on Wednesday, May 6, from 4-6 PM.

Click here for more information or to order: https://www.greatamericanrainbarrel.com/community/

How to apply for a water conservation rebate:
https://www.franklinma.gov/public-works/news/water-conservation-rebates-now-available

Community programs are easy to run and are designed to...

01/23/2020
Peter Eliopoulos

Sad day for DPW 😢

Funeral procession underway for the Lawrence DPW worker shot and killed while on the job earlier this month.

01/19/2020
Taking a little time to appreciate our   Beautiful Town common on a snowy winter night while preforming “Snow and Ice Re...
01/19/2020

Taking a little time to appreciate our Beautiful Town common on a snowy winter night while preforming “Snow and Ice Removal Operations”

Interested in winning a free rain barrel just in time for Spring?!  Fill out the survey below (it only takes 5 minutes) ...
01/15/2020

Interested in winning a free rain barrel just in time for Spring?! Fill out the survey below (it only takes 5 minutes) and you'll be entered to win a rain barrel from The Great American Rain Barrel Company! The Town of Franklin is interested in gauging public knowledge in stormwater to help develop outreach and educational programs. With your participation we can more accurately inform residents of the struggles we face regarding pollution and stormwater prevention.

Thank you for your help!

https://forms.gle/RMmuDsYxgpmfJg7e6

01/15/2020

Update: Water is back on!

Water Main Break! Water is OFF on Dean Ave from Hillside Road to Pleasant Street. Other residents in the area may experience discolored water for the next few hours. We appreciate your patience while we work to get this fixed!

Interested in installing a rain barrel at your home? The Great American Rain Barrel Company is offering Franklin residen...
01/15/2020
About community programs - The Great American Rain Barrel

Interested in installing a rain barrel at your home? The Great American Rain Barrel Company is offering Franklin residents discounted barrels for just $69. Residents may then apply for a $50 water conservation rebate from the DPW for a total cost of only $19 (rebates are limited to two per household)! Order before midnight, Thursday, April 30 and pick up at the DPW Admin Office (257 Fisher St, Franklin) on Wednesday, May 6, from 4-6 PM.

Click here for more information or to order: https://www.greatamericanrainbarrel.com/community/

How to apply for a water conservation rebate:
https://www.franklinma.gov/public-works/news/water-conservation-rebates-now-available

Community programs are easy to run and are designed to...

Reminder--Christmas tree pick-up is this week!
01/13/2020

Reminder--Christmas tree pick-up is this week!

Don't forget to put your Christmas tree out to the curb!

01/10/2020
Treatment Plant is Running!

Hear that? It's the sweet, sweet hum of the water treatment plant running! As you can see in the picture in the comments, the left jar we have a lot of iron and manganese to remove, but system is working and the finished water on the right is nice and clear!

There may be some discolored water in the Union St at West Central Street area, but it should clear up at the plant continues to run! We appreciate your patience!

The Franklin DPW's new program is live! Visit our website for more information and to register to Adopt-A-Hydrant.
01/09/2020
Adopt-A-Hydrant | Town of Franklin MA

The Franklin DPW's new program is live! Visit our website for more information and to register to Adopt-A-Hydrant.

Welcome to Franklin's Adopt-A-Hydrant Program!

Don't forget to put your Christmas tree out to the curb!
01/02/2020

Don't forget to put your Christmas tree out to the curb!

Town of Franklin Recycling Center hours of operation:~Tuesday 12-3 (April through November only; closed on Tuesdays Dece...
12/31/2019
Recycling Center | Town of Franklin MA

Town of Franklin Recycling Center hours of operation:

~Tuesday 12-3 (April through November only; closed on Tuesdays December through March)

~Friday & Saturday 8-3

~Sunday 9-1

Please remember that cash is not accepted at the recycling center; payments may be made by check, credit/debit card (Visa, Mastercard and Discover).

For more information, please visit our website:

This information is specific to the Beaver Street Recycling Center, located at 445 Beaver Street.

Water Treatment Facilities Update!  Yes that's facilities with an S!  While we continue to have issues with the existing...
12/31/2019

Water Treatment Facilities Update! Yes that's facilities with an S! While we continue to have issues with the existing treatment facility, the new treatment facility construction is underway! Keep an eye out for more updates at this project moves forward! As for our existing treatment facility, we have good news and bad... again... all of the fire damaged equipment has been replaced or repaired, the new filters are installed, but when we tried to start up again, we hit yet another road block! We had some issues with the ozone monitoring and destruct units. We create ozone to oxidize the iron and manganese, but we need to get it out or "destruct" it before it gets to the filters or it will damage them, so we are shut down again! Now, we are hoping to be up and running shortly after the new year! 🤞

12/29/2019
12/22/2019
Have been treating the roads since 1AM Tuesday!  Still going almost 30 hours....drive slowly this morning still might be...
12/18/2019

Have been treating the roads since 1AM Tuesday! Still going almost 30 hours....drive slowly this morning still might be some slippery spots out there.

12/09/2019

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Recently , while guests at the Hampton Inn located in Franklin, my daughter and I received word of an upcoming storm in Franklin. Due to the fact that we were scheduled for a flight to Boston two days hence, we were allowed to change our tickets and the INN also was
able to accommodate us.
During the evening hours, the wind howled and a wet snow slapping the windows finally
lulled us to sleep. We awoke to several inches, or more, of fallen snow-a winter wonderland
as seen by attached photo of trees all the way to Meadowlark La., where a second daughter resides. We marveled at the cleanliness of the streets along the way...they were plowed and shoveled to the bare streets leaving us to a VERY smooth ride to the airport.

Made our day! Thank you.

Frances Pearsall
The Villages, Florida

Sent from my iPad

12/03/2019

Regular curbside trash/recycling pick-up today! Due to the snow yesterday and today, Waste Management is running a little behind. They are currently out there finishing up yesterday's route, then will start on Tuesday pick-ups. Stay safe and enjoy the snow!

11/24/2019
Yard waste pick up NEXT WEEK!
11/13/2019

Yard waste pick up NEXT WEEK!

11/10/2019
Watch out for this “Monster “ removing hazardous trees and limbs along our roads.  The last couple of years have been to...
11/07/2019

Watch out for this “Monster “ removing hazardous trees and limbs along our roads. The last couple of years have been tough on our street trees. Gypsy moths, ash borer and droughts have taken their toll to many trees. We have been working the Pleasant Street, Miller Street and Daniels Street areas. Will be heading down to the Washington Street and South Street areas next week.

DISCOLORED WATER ALERT!  A truck took out a hydrant on 140 causing this mess and discolored water throughout town!  We a...
10/31/2019

DISCOLORED WATER ALERT! A truck took out a hydrant on 140 causing this mess and discolored water throughout town! We appreciate your patience while we work to make repairs!

Beaver Street Road Closure Information
10/17/2019

Beaver Street Road Closure Information

Beaver Street will be closed to through traffic at the railroad tracks from Friday evening 10/25 through Sunday afternoon 10/27.

Motorists attempting to access the Beaver Pond athletic fields and the Town of Franklin Transfer station will need to access Beaver Street via Grove Street.

10/16/2019

A water main break on Lincoln St may be causing dirty water in that end of Town. Everything is back to normal and water should be clearing up soon! We apologize for the inconvenience!

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of one of our own.  John Paul MacNeil was a highly dedica...
10/15/2019
Remembering John Paul MacNeil

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of one of our own. John Paul MacNeil was a highly dedicated employee of the DPW for nearly 20 years, starting on Highway and most recently as one of our lead Water Treatment Plant Operators. JP was an asset to the DPW and the Town of Franklin, not only for his knowledge of Franklin, water treatment skills, and his leadership among the crew, but also for his unrelenting positive attitude. All of his coworkers could count on his quick wit and positive attitude no matter the situation. Even at the end of three straight days of plowing snow, JP could be found making people laugh in the lunch room or clearing snow off fellow crew member's personal vehicles. JP was a good friend to all at the DPW and he will be sorely missed.

JP - May you rest in peace 💙

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Hopedale and formerly Franklin- John Paul MacNeil, 51, of Hopedale, and a former longtime Franklin resident, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Thursday, October 10, 2019. Bor

10/13/2019
WATER TREATMENT PLANT UPDATE:As you are aware, the Water & Sewer Department staff has been working to restore the Haywar...
10/10/2019

WATER TREATMENT PLANT UPDATE:
As you are aware, the Water & Sewer Department staff has been working to restore the Hayward Street Water Treatment Plant to full capacity since the fire on July 6, 2019. A full cleaning and damage assessment was performed to determine which equipment had to be replaced or repaired. Analysis was done to ensure all new components would meet or exceed new standards. New technology was evaluated and installed to improve control, lower operating costs and increase efficiency where allowed. All repairs were evaluated to determine which tasks would be best completed in house or outsourced to contractors in order to quickly repair the system and maximize cost savings. Much of this work has been completed on weekends by our dedicated staff.

Final replacement parts that were directly damaged by the fire, including the tank heater that caused the fire and had to be custom built, arrived last week. The crews worked quickly to install the parts so that the plant could be fully started up and “test run” for a complete evaluation. It was our hope to restore full operation by the end of last week. However, during this start up, it became apparent that the ultra-filtration filters, which were running intermittently since late July, had sustained damage and required additional repair. All start up procedures and testing has been under the direction of the filter manufacturer and the damage to the filters was not anticipated.

Our crews worked for five straight days in an attempt to repair the filters to a usable level. This is a very tedious process that requires placing a “pin” in each filter that is damaged. There are a total of 40 filter membrane cartridges, in some cartridges there were over 600 holes! Even with all the repairs, water quality was not acceptable, i.e. too much iron and manganese was making it through the filters. We immediately placed the order for all new filters.

Although the manufacturer has rush prioritized our order, these specialized filters require several weeks to manufacture. Therefore, we are currently expecting delivery of new filters in approximately three weeks. In the meantime, we have brought in our consulting engineering firm to see if they have any recommendations to make the old filters more effective until the new filters are installed.

We understand the difficulty the water ban has caused many residents and citizens. We truly appreciate everyone’s patience, understanding, and continued commitment to water conservation. Please understand, we do not recommend a water ban lightly. We need to ensure that there is enough water for drinking and sanitary needs as well as to maintain proper storage levels for fire suppression.

Once again, thank you for your support, feel free to contact us with any further questions.

10/03/2019
10/02/2019
10/02/2019
Treatment Plant Update:GREAT NEWS!  We finally have all the parts needed to fully restore the water treatment plant afte...
09/25/2019

Treatment Plant Update:

GREAT NEWS! We finally have all the parts needed to fully restore the water treatment plant after the fire! Our crews are currently working to install the parts and we hope to have everything ready very soon. Our crews will be here through the weekend to get the plant running normally as soon as possible.

Also, we understand that some of our testing at the plant has recently caused some dirty water in the Fisher Street area. We are aware and are working on it! Getting the plant back to normal this weekend should resolve your issues!

Until we are back to normal, PLEASE adhere to the water ban!!!! We really appreciate everyone's help getting us through the summer and ask for just a little more patience through this weekend!

We love the smell of asphalt in the morning!  Binder coat being installed in the Skyline neighbor area!
09/17/2019

We love the smell of asphalt in the morning! Binder coat being installed in the Skyline neighbor area!

Address

257 Fisher St
Franklin, MA
02038

General information

The Franklin Department of Public Works (DPW) provides a wide range of services to the residents of Franklin. The six departments (Administration, Engineering, Highway & Grounds, Water, Sewer, and Solid Waste & Recycling) provide services including constructing and maintaining roadways, water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure.  The DPW reviews the design and construction of public/private development, conducts trash removal and recycling services, and develops and maintains all town owned open space, parks and recreation areas. The Franklin DPW is dedicated to efficiently and effectively maintaining and preserving the infrastructure of the Town in the most cost effective and environmentally conscious way. The department provides excellent customer service and high quality utility services in an effort to preserve the public safety and maintain a high quality of life for all town residents. 

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 18:00
Thursday 08:00 - 16:00
Friday 08:00 - 13:00

Telephone

(508) 520-4910

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