Category Archives: DPW

DPW: Solid Waste / Recycling Service Update

Service Update – Effective December 1, 2022

Bulk Item pick-up will No Longer be collected curbside by E.L. Harvey under the towns pay as you throw service.  Residents can coordinate directly with private haulers and companies for bulk item removal needs, examples… Use: Google, local businesses in our area, bagsters, Waste Management or other dumpster rentals.

Other Changes – Effective November 1, 2022

The DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION has issued an order adding Mattresses and Textiles to the list of materials banned from disposal or transport in the solid waste stream in Massachusetts.

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DPW: Paving Projects

The Department of Public works would like to notify residents of Maynard that Eversource will be performing roadway utility trench paving activities starting Monday, September 26th and lasting until Friday, September 30th. The following Public Roadways will undergo utility trench paving rehabilitation:

Streets and limits:
Mill & Overlay Streets

  • PowderMill Road 
  • Glenview Terrance
  • Woodbine Street
  • Burnside Street
  • Great Road at Taft Street
  • Park Street
  • Sherman Street
  • Main Street
  • Florida Road
  • Railroad Ave

Infrared Streets

  • Brooks Street
  • Great Road @ Main Street
  • Parker Street at B Street
  • Parker at Butler Lumber
  • Nason Street

Travel on these roads will be delayed, please plan accordingly. Thank you in advance for your patience as this work is performed.

DPW: Drinking Water Update

DPW – Update – Drinking Water Notice. Maynard Department of Public works through our Water department would like to provide an update to our current identification of a positive test for E.Coli contamination in one of our raw water sources, Well #4.

In collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Protection (MADEP), our department conducted ten (10) follow up samples over the past week, two separate rounds of five (5). All subsequent testing has resulted in negative results of E.Coli. We have currently reactivated our well, and continue to monitor all systems.

Thank you for your patience as we work to ensure that our customers are provided with the highest quality public drinking water our system is capable of providing.

Level 2 Water Restrictions Now In Effect

DPW – Update. Effective August 1st , 2022.  The Town of Maynard is issuing a mandatory Level 2 Water Use Restriction: Non-Essential Outdoor Water Use is prohibited at all times.

Given the recent Declaration of Level 3 – Critical Drought issued by the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs for the State of Massachusetts, as well as the Town of Maynard’s water utility capacity constraints. The Department of Public Works Water Division is unable to operate our water utility to meet the current peak hour demand. Our water storage tanks are indicating a net loss daily with all three water treatment production facilities working at maximum production capabilities twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Implementation of the Level 2 Water use Restriction will alleviate peak demand stress and should ensure that the Town of Maynard can continue to provide essential public drinking water use for its customers.

Under Level 2 Water Use Restrictions, non-essential outdoor water use is prohibited at all times. The restriction allows the Town’s water system that is trying to meet peak demand to provide essential services and ensure an adequate supply of water for drinking and fire protection. 

Examples of nonessential outdoor water uses include but not limited to:

  • Uses that are not required for health or safety reasons.
  • Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems.
  • Washing of vehicles other than by means of a commercial car wash, except as necessary for
    operator safety; and
  • Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary
    to apply paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement.\

Example of acceptable outdoor water use includes:

  • Irrigation of public parks and recreational fields before 9 am and after 5 pm.

Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please call the DPW Office at 978-897-1317.

For more information, please visit the DPW Water Restrictions page.

DPW: Christmas Tree Recycling – Feb 12

Recycle Center Update: The Department of Public Works has rescheduled our final scheduled Christmas Tree recycling date from January 29th  to February 12th between the hours of 8am and 12pm. Thank you for your patience as we rearrange our services due to weather events.

There is a $5.00 service fee, per tree, for this program.

Please note that the Christmas Tree Recycling Program was modified in 2021 and tree drop off is no longer allowed at the Maynard Boys and Girls club parking lot.

Maynard Public Water Supply – 2020 Water Quality Report

Each year, the Town of Maynard provides its customers with an Annual Water Quality Report to share information on how our water quality compares to established federal and state drinking water standards. We encourage you to review this report as it provides details about the source and quality of the drinking water delivered to you in 2020.

In an effort to be more environmentally responsible, we are no longer mailing paper copies of the Water Quality Report, but have made them available on the Internet.   Click here to read the 2020 Water Quality Report.   For more information on the town’s water supply, please visit the DPW’s Water & Sewer Division page.

If you wish to have a paper copy, you can pick up a printed Water Quality Report at Maynard Town Hall or the Maynard Public Library.

DPW: 2021 Paving Projects

The Town of Maynard is pleased to announce our 2021 Approved Roadway Paving Projects. The following Public Roadways will undergo a replacement with a tentative start date of May 17, 2021 (weather dependent). Roadway paving will be conducted by Sunshine Paving, and their sub-contractors. Estimated project completion 10-14 days.

PROJECT UPDATE (26-May):  Work on Nason Street, Brooks Street, and Durant Avenue will start on 5/28/2021 and will continue on 6/1/2021 and 6/2/2021.  There will be no milling (removal of the existing pavement surface) on Nason until Tuesday, June 1st at the earliest.

Nason Street – #12 to #42 (water main failure Winter 2020)
            Process: Mill and Overlay

Brooks Street – Concord Street to Jethro Street
            Process: Reclamation

Brooks Street – Summer Street to Concord Street
            Process: Reclamation

Durant Avenue – Dana Road to Cul-de-sac
            Process: Reclamation

DPW: Hydrant Flushing

The Department of Public Works through our Water and Sewer Division will be conducting Town-wide hydrant water main flushing of the water distribution system, this process will be conducted during the Department’s regular work schedule and in the evening hours over the next several weeks. Hydrant flushing can cause intermittent low water pressure and or discoloration. We thank you for your patience as we conduct necessary regular maintenance of your utility.

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DPW: 2021 Water & Sewer Rate Increase

The Department of Public Works through its Water and Sewer Division has the responsibility to review the Enterprise Funding Account and sustainability to provide necessary funding for the yearly operation of both water and sewer, as well as capital improvements to water and sewer infrastructure. The department is responsible to provide clean drinking water and sanitary sewer discharge for the town.

The planning process for reviewing the water and sewer rates began within the DPW in June 2020.  (See the Water Resources and Rate Planning section on the DPW Water & Sewer Division page.) The initial rate recommendation was presented to the Select Board on January 5, 2021.  A public hearing on the rates was held on February 2, 2021 at 8pm.

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DPW Tree Resource Management Plan

The Department of Public Works has released its Tree Resource Management Plan and it is available for download on the DPW Parks Division page or right here.

The Town of Maynard Tree Resource Management Plan, written by Davey Resource Group Inc. “DRG”, focuses on quantifying the benefits provided by the inventoried tree resource and addressing its maintenance needs. DRG completed a tree inventory for the Town of Maynard in February 2020. DRG analyzed this inventory data to understand the structure of Maynard’s inventoried tree resource and to recommend a prioritized maintenance schedule for future tree care. DRG also estimated the economic values of the various environmental benefits provided by Maynard’s inventoried tree resource by analyzing inventory data with i-Tree Eco.