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Important Notices:
**CURRENT DROUGHT STATUS IN MASSACHUSETTS**
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/drought-status

Leaf/Brush drop off will be held Sunday, November 1st from 9am to 2pm on Robbins Rd
http://cms.revize.com/revize/ware/document_center/BoardSelectment/LeavesFall11120.pdf

WATER FILTRATION PLANT INFORMATION
The Town of Ware is considering the submission of a new funding application with the USDA Rural Development program for the Barnes Street Water Filtration Plant (WFP). This webpage has been created to provide access to information to the residents of Ware that may have questions about this project. Check back soon for more updates. 
https://cms.revize.com/revize/ware/departments/planning_department/water_facility_plant_information.php

Effective May 1, 2020 Water and Sewer payments will be collected in the Tax Collectors Office.  All usage inquiries and service questions are still handled by the Water Department.

Meter Reading began September 28th for Billing Cycle 4, usage period July - September, to be mailed out November 6, 2020 payable by December 4, 2020. During the period of November 6th to December 4th bills are available to pay online. https://unipaygold.unibank.com/customerinfo.aspx
Demand Notices will be mailed out December 11, 2020 payable by December 28, 2020. 

Department of Public Works is  open but closed to public access.
Thank you for your cooperation.


Contact:   Gilbert St. George-Sorel, Director of Public Works
                   Kayleigh Goodrow, Administrative Assistant
               
Address: Director's Office - 4 1/2 Church Street
Highway Division - 18 Mechanic Street
Ware, MA 01082
Phone: 413.967.9620
Fax: 413.967.9622
Highway Phone: 413.967.9623
Waste Water Treatment Plant Phone: 413.437.5852
Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM  TYPICALLY CLOSED FROM 12:00 PM TO 1:00 PM FOR LUNCH.
Director & Water Dept., 4 1/2 Church Street
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM Highway Supervisor
 
If you are needing immediate assistance with a Water/Sewer Emergency after hours please call the Local Police Line 413-967-3571 as this is a non medical emergency.  

DPW STAFF
Name                                  Title
Andy Lalashius                 Water Supervisor
Chuck Niedzwiecki          Highway Supervisor
David Comeau                  Chief Plant Operator WWTP

Mission Statement
Provide the residents of the Town of Ware with high quality cemetery, highway, water and wastewater services.

BUILDING FLUSHING INFORMATION

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has put out guidance on flushing the water lines in buildings and residences that may have been shut down for a period or used less frequently.  Their guidance can be found on their website:   https://www.mass.gov/doc/massdep-building-flushing-information/download

Also, the Louisville Water System produced a great video instructing building owners how to flush their lines.  Here is the link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D_rtLrkLMA&feature=youtu.be


HYDRANT FLUSHING IS COMPLETED

Hydrant flushing has been completed for fall 2020.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.

This was the time frame of the fall 2020 flushing period:
Zone 1:  September 20th - September 24th
Zone 2:  September 25th - September 30th
Zone 3:  October 1st - October 2nd
Zone 4:  October 5th - October 7th
Zone 5:  October 13th - October 13th
Zone 6:  October 19th - October 20th
Zone 7:  October 21st - October 23rd


Effective February 1, 2020
Water: $36.00 per quarter base rate included first 500 cubic feet of water. $5.75 per hundred cubic feet unit for all subsequent metered water use
Sewer: $44.00 per quarter base rate included first 500 cubic feet of water. $5.25 per hundred cubic feet unit for all subsequent metered sewer use

Current Projects

1. Main Street Project - contractor working on water services - ONGOING
2. Old Belchertown Road Bridge Project - repair Old Belchertown Road Bridge - Chapter 90 Project request submitted - PV $250,000.00 - Construction has started - COMPLETION BY END OF THE YEAR.

Final Water/Sewer Bills
If you are closing on your home and need a Final Water/Sewer bill please see the Downloadable Forms Tab to complete the Water and Sewer Closing Form. Please submit form ten business days prior to closing date. 

PLEASE DO NOT Flush Non-Toilet Paper Items

Toilet Paper: Due to the shortage of toilet paper at stores, some people may seek alternative to toilet paper.  This could include baby wipes, paper towels, rags, or other cotton products.  After using said products, the first instinct would be to flush these items down the toilet.  THAT IS A BAD IDEA!  These alternate products will create blockages within the sewer pipes creating a back-up such that the waste water will return back into your house, or your neighbors'. It will create a very large mess. It takes great effort by the DPW to respond to backed-up sewer blockages, determine where the problem is and who is responsible, then to fix the problem.  

If you must use an alternative to toilet paper, set up a dedicated container for the disposal of the used items. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Additional Links:

MA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Ware Street map and index
Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) Fact Sheet
ALB Look-alikes
ALB - identifying marks & environment
Manganese Information Sheet
Manganese Letter to Residents