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Posted on: April 9, 2020

Amherst Public Works: Working for YOU

DPW Working For You News

Amherst Public Works continues to operate throughout COVID-19 to provide essential services to the Town.  DPW personnel are working daily to provide drinking water, treat wastewater, and keep public areas & roadways safe. Stay tuned for periodic DPW messages & updates. Click here to report issues online

DPW Message on Monday, May 18th:

The Water Department is starting its annual hydrant flushing program.  Hydrant flushing is critical for proper maintenance of our water system, including flushing any mineral deposits from the water main. The Town’s water is always safe to drink, however, you may notice a brownish tint in your tap water during your area’s flushing. If this is the case, run the water for 2-3 minutes or until the water flows clear.

This is just another way that the Amherst Public Works Department is working for YOU.

DPW Message on Wednesday, May 13th:

The Highway crews have started the annual line painting, including painting of cross walks, center lines, and other features in the roadway.  Construction activity has also increased over the past few weeks.  Highway staff have replaced a section of sewer main on East Pleasant Street and rebuilt a culvert on Southeast Street, as well as continued maintenance projects such as filling potholes, roadway sweeping and sewer flushing.  Outside contractors continue their work on the East Hadley Road sidewalk and have completed paving of Pelham Road and Southeast Street.

This is just another way that the Amherst Public Works Department is working for YOU.

crews painting lines on the roadway

DPW Message on Friday, May 8th:

This week (May 3-9, 2020) is Drinking Water Week, an annual time to reflect on the critical role that drinking water plays in our daily lives. This year, the theme is “there when you need it”, which highlights the work water professionals do every day to ensure high-quality drinking water is always available at your tap, right when you need it for handwashing, bathing, cooking, washing clothes, and drinking. Let’s join together to recognize the essential public health role that safe drinking water, and our water operators, play in our daily lives.

This is just another way that the Amherst Public Works Department is working for YOU

DPW Message on Friday, May 1st:

The Highway crews have been hard at work on the roads.  Paving has started on Pelham Road, and will be followed by South East Street.  Highway staff rebuild a culvert on Southeast Street earlier this week.  They also continue to fill potholes, sweep the roadways, and flush the sewer collection system throughout Town.

This is just another way that the Amherst Public Works Department is working for YOU.

DPW Message on Monday, April 27th:

The Grounds crew work includes maintenance of all the parks and commons within Town. They are busy daily, with mowing, trash collection and string trimming these public spaces. The playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts have all been closed, since they do not allow for social distancing. Please feel free to use the other areas of the Parks and Commons to enjoy the outdoors. We ask that you do your part and ensure that any trash produced be properly disposed of in a trash receptacle – for example, gloves and masks worn in common spaces should be thrown in the trash and not on the ground.

This is just another way that the Amherst Public Works Department is working for YOU.

DPW Message on Tuesday, April 21st:

The Tree and Grounds crews have been active with continuing tree work as well as maintaining the parks and common areas. Trees, such as the one in the photo below, fell during last week’s rain and wind storm. Also, there is tree trimming that needs to be completed prior to the start of the upcoming paving repairs on Pelham Road and South East Street. Tree crews have been on-hand for both.

Tree down over street from storm

This is just another way that the Amherst Public Works Department is working for YOU.

DPW Message on Wednesday, April 15th: 

Monday’s rain increased the flow at the Wastewater Treatment Plant by nearly double, due to rain and groundwater into the collection system. You can do your part to reduce this flow by checking your basement to confirm that your sump pump doesn’t discharge into your sewer line. Also, if you’re around Town, alert the Town to any manholes that are broken or not seated properly.

Monday also saw a damaged sewer line on Red Gate Lane. Crews quickly mobilized to repair the sewer main and manhole in this area.

This is just another way that the Amherst Public Works Department is working for YOU.

DPW Message on Monday, April 13th: 

DPW crews continue to work to keep the community safe. Daily crews are working to fill potholes, sweep streets and trim hazardous trees. Wastewater crews hard working hard to maintain the sewer system and you can do your part by throwing “flushable wipes” in the trash can and not down the drain!

Highway crews are starting their summer construction projects.

This is just another way that the Amherst Public Works Department is working for YOU.

DPW Message on Thursday, April 9th:

We understand everyone’s heightened awareness regarding potential exposure routes to COVID-19.  We want to reassure residents and businesses that the Amherst drinking water is safe to drink and use, as always.  Our treatment and disinfection process kills viruses, including the coronavirus.  The town staff continues to monitor and test the drinking water quality to ensure its safety.  This regular monitoring includes testing that chlorine levels are adequate throughout the Town.

This is just another way that the Amherst Public Works Department is working for YOU.

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