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   


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.

June 22, 2020

Outdoor Watering Restrictions
Mandatory Outdoor Watering Restriction 2 days a week
Outdoor Watering Only Tuesdays and Saturdays between the hours of 6 PM to 10 PM

 Due to the dry conditions the town is experiencing compounded by an increase in residential water use during the pandemic, we have seen a dramatic unsustainable increase in the water demand.  Just a few weeks ago in April, the demand was below 2 million gallons per day. As of June 18, 2020 the water demand is at 4.8 million gallons (higher than the maximum daily demand for 2019) and climbing.  The two treatment facilities are working at full capacity even though most of the Town commercial properties remain at low or no occupancy at this point.

 Outdoor Watering Restrictions consists of:
-Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems
- Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply surface treatments such as paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement.

 The following uses may be allowed during the watering ban:

- Irrigation to establish a new lawn and new plantings during the months of September and October (by written authorization by the Department of Public Works and no irrigation between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.)
-Irrigation of public parks and recreational fields by means of automated sprinklers
-Irrigation of gardens, flowers, and ornamental plantings by means of a hand-held hose only
-Car washing
-Filling of pools
-To meet core functions of a business or commercial activity


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.


In September of 2019, the Burlington DPW took advantage of an initiative with Eversource to fund 100% of the underground infrastructure costs for a new electric vehicle charging station. The DPW also applied for a grant with MassEVIP to cover 60% of the charging station costs by installing one ADA compliant spot. After months of design work, logistics work, and approvals, the EV charging station project was finally completed on June 10th, 2020.  

The charging station, located in the parking lot of Town Hall (29 Center Street), is now fully operational and will charge $0.20 per KWH. Parking will be free for the first 3 hours and escalate to $2 per hour from hours 3-6, then $10 an hour for more than 6 hours of parking. Parking spaces with charging stations for Electric Vehicles are available on a first come, first serve basis for all employees and visitors in accordance with the EV Charging Policy posted on the Town’s website.

      EV Station 1    EV Station 2

outdoor watering website



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: