Author: mbarrett

Can the Grease!

  I know, I can’t believe Thanksgiving is already next week too!  So with all that extra cooking you’re doing next week please remember, all that cooking grease shouldn’t go down the drain.  Fats, oils and grease, also known as FOG, congeal in the sewer system and can cause sewer back-ups either in your home … Continued

Windy weather? Don’t forget the drains!

With the expected wind and rain from the forecasted nor’easter tonight and tomorrow, don’t forget to keep an eye on the storm drains near your house!  As the leaves come off the trees, they sometimes cover up the storm drains, or catch basins, in the street, causing flooding.  Woburn DPW cleans them as often as … Continued

Bag your Leaves!

Autumn is here!  That means it’s a good time to remember that fallen leaves can clog catch basins and add too much organic material to our waterways all at the same time! Bag or compost your leaves, but do not rake them into the street or dump them down storm drains! Blocking storm drains can … Continued

Stop the Spread-Spotted Lanternfly

Stop the Spread!!! The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) announced today that a small population of the invasive spotted lanternfly has been found in the City of Fitchburg, close to where a lanternfly nymph was reported earlier this summer. Agricultural inspectors are in the middle of performing extensive surveys in the area, but currently … Continued

Attention Pool Owners!

If you own a swimming pool, then for you it’s about time to close that pool down for winter.  Did you know that it is illegal to drain chlorinated pool water into the public drainage system?  This includes street drainage that eventually runs into storm water catch basins.  That water will eventually make its way … Continued

Reminder-What do YOU do with grass clippings?

When you mow your lawn, be sure to keep grass clippings out of storm drains! Instead, leave the clippings on the ground, compost them to make a natural fertilizer, or bag them for pick up. Want more tips? For more tips, watch the video below, or read this short brochure.

The Problem with Pet Waste

Do Your “Doody” for Clean Water: Scoop the Poop! Getting outside with your four-footed best friend is great for them and you, but please remember to clean up after them! You hate stepping in it. And fish hate swimming in it. Always pick up after your pet to prevent harmful bacteria from ending up in … Continued

What do you do with grass clippings?

When you mow your lawn, be sure to keep grass clippings out of storm drains! Instead, leave the clippings on the ground, compost them to make a natural fertilizer, or bag them for pick up. Want more tips? For more tips, watch the video below, or read this short brochure.

Public Works Week 2021

Public Works Week 2021 Our Public Works personnel design, install, maintain, and manage our City infrastructure.  This includes everything from the water, sewer and drainage systems, to the roads, sidewalks and parks throughout the City of Woburn.  Their work is done in all kinds of weather, night and day, and is vital to the public … Continued

Drinking Water Week 2021

It’s Drinking Water Week!  May 2-8, 2021 is Drinking Water Week. For more than 40 years the American Water Works Association and its members have used Drinking Water Week as a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives.  We would … Continued