Public Works
Phone (781)270-1670

The Burlington Department of Public Works, directed by John Sanchez,  
located on the second floor of the Town Hall Annex  25 Center Street.    

The Department helps maintain the safety and beauty of Burlington.

For More information please contact the DPW at 781-270-1670   


Due to the limited production capacity at the Vine Brook Treatment Facility caused by the 1,4 dioxane contamination of drinking water wells, I am requesting that a Water Supply Emergency be declared for the Town of Burlington to allow the opening of the Town of Lexington water connection. 

Through the enforcement of the outdoor watering restrictions we have been able to maintain an average water demand for this summer to below 3.5 mgd.  However, the Vine Brook treatment facility is not sufficient to supply the distribution system while the Mill Pond Treatment Plant is off-line for required maintenance, repairs and upgrades.  As such, a connection with Lexington is needed in order to complete cleaning and upgrades of the sedimentation basin at Mill Pond.

Therefore, I am recommending that a non-essential outdoor water use restriction be approved for all users from September 30, 2020 to March 30, 2021.

The following uses are prohibited by this restriction:

-       Irrigation of lawns via sprinkler or automatic irrigation systems

The following uses are permitted on any day at any time:

-       Watering of gardens, flowers, and ornamental plantings by means of a hand-held hose only. 
-       Car washing and filling of pools 
-       To meet core functions of a business or commercial activity 
-       Applying necessary surface treatments (aka washing exterior surfaces) such as paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement, or cement.

Exemptions for establishing new lawns are given only during the months of April, May, September, and October, and only by written permission from the DPW.


According to the Town Bylaws Section 5.4 the Town, through its Board of Selectmen, may declare a State of Water Conservation.   Section 5.9 states the Penalties for violating the Water Restriction are:

-       Any person violating shall be issued a warning for the first violation, shall be liable to the Town in the amount of $50 for the second violation, and $100 for each subsequent violation thereafter. 

-       These fines are non-criminal disposition.

Burlington Connection to the MWRA Water System Update

July 10, 2020

The Town of Burlington has been diligently working through the permitting process to get approval for joining the MWRA water system.

On April 17, 2020 a Certificate of the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs in the Final Environmental Impact Report was issued for the MWRA Water Connection (MEPA process)

Following this major milestone, the Water Resources Commission (WRC) accepted our application as complete and scheduled 2 hearings (as mandated by regulations) to be held in July 2020

One hearing in Burlington And a second hearing in the donor basin

Following the second hearing staff will make a recommendation to approve or deny at the next possible WRC meeting.

Once the MEPA and WRC process is complete we will submit applications to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority for joining the MWRA water system.

Our goal is to complete the permitting process before the end of the calendar year.


Phase 1 construction (Adams Street Emergency Connection)

The Burlington’s Engineering Division has been working in obtaining local permits (Lexington and Burlington) for the water main extension on Adams Street.  We have also obtained DEP’s water main extension permits and anticipate going out to bid on Phase 1 construction by the end of July.  Pipe installation is anticipated to be complete before the end of the year.  This connection, through Lexington’s water system, is capable of providing 1 million gallons per day.

Phase 2 (Burlington to Arlington transmission main)

At the May 2020 Town Meeting, approval was given for the design of Phase 2. This phase will allow the water capacity to take the Vine Brook Treatment Facility offline, and provide 3.5 million gallons per day. Construction is estimated to take 2 years and be completed by the end of 2022.

Lawn Watering

A lawn needs just one inch of water per week to be green. If you are watering more than that, a lot of that water is running off into the nearest waterway, taking your fertilizer, seeds, and hard earned money right along with it. Adjust your sprinklers so they don't water the driveway or sidewalk. Even better, use drip irrigation or soaker hoses. 

 There are lots of useful tips in the Guide to Lawn and Landscape Water Conservation, published by the Massachusetts Water Resources Commission. 

MWRA Water Conservation and Efficieny Info
Details and links are provided below:



Realtor/Attorney Final Inspection Form

2nd Water Meter Residential ONLY Guidelines 
DPW Cross Connection Application
NOTE:  A 2nd water meter may register all "outside" water used in your home.  It does not have sewer charges.  


Trash and Recycle Calendar 2019.2020
Trash and Recycle Calendar 2020.2021
Republic Services:  800-442-9006

Yard Waste Days By Street
Yard Waste Map Burlington

trash it don't flush it

if your pink bag is not picked up by Simple Recycling you need to contact them directly at either the website or by calling 866-835-5068.

Route 3A Cambridge Street is under the jurisdiction of the State - MassDOT District 4. They are responsible for filling Potholes as well as the sanding/salting and plowing of the snow on this road. If you have any questions or issues or want to report a pothole, etc. please contact them at:

MassDOT District 4
519 Appleton St
Arlington, MA 02476

What's New

 Road Construction Updates


Low hanging wires or tree branches in wires
please contact the Burlington Police Dept.  
@ 781-272-1212
DPW does not handle wires on/in Tree's or that
are low hanging.


The DPW web site is maintained by  Terri Keene: