Category: Engineering

Trash in water

Ever wonder how trash gets in our rivers and streams?  Here’s a short video about just how all that trash ends up in our rivers, streams and ponds.  And remember, #onlyraindownthedrain     Looking for ideas on how you can help with trash and other sources of stormwater pollution? Pick up pet waste Put trash … Continued

Spring Lawn Care and Water Quality

Spring is here!  If that means it’s time to start cleaning up the yard, be sure properly bag and dispose of last year’s leaves, and use a slow-release, non-phosphorus fertilizer (look for “0” as the middle number).  And as an alternative to fertilizer, consider scattering fresh grass seeds, aerating your soil, or planting some of … Continued

Fix a Leak Week, 2022

Are you ready to chase down leaks? Household leaks can waste nearly 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so each year we hunt down the drips during Fix a Leak Week. Fix a Leak Week starts today, March 14 through 20, 2022—but remember that you can find and fix leaks inside and outside your … Continued

Woburn’s New WebGIS!

Introducing Woburn’s New WebGIS! Woburn recently rolled out a brand new interactive mapping internet application, or WebGIS.  This application allows users to search for any property in the City of Woburn, get information, and make their own map.  Information such as assessing data, street utility data, new voter precincts and wards, zoning information, and more. … Continued

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.