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Contact:   Gilbert St. George-Sorel, Director of Public Works
               
                Kristin Fredette, Administrative Assistant
                Donna Longtin, Department 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
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


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.

Hydrant Flushing will be conducted on June 13th. 

Hydrant flushing will continue Thursday June 13th during the day.  The flushing will occur in Zone 7.  The Zone Index Map will show the zones where the hydrant flushing will be conducted.  

The following streets will be flushed Thursday June 13th during the day:
Bacon Rd
Old Belchertown Rd
Juniper Hill
Hillside Terrace
Williston Dr

The projected time frame for the flushing in each zone is as follows:
Completion of Zone 2:  May 8th
Zone 3:  May 9th - May 20th
Zone 5:  May 20th - May 21st
Zone 4:  May 21st - May 24th
Zone 6:  May 28th - June 7th
Zone 7:  June 9th - June 19th

Please note that this is an estimated time frame only.  The length of time a hydrant is flushed depends on several factors including the type of material of the pipe, the length of pipe being flushed, the condition of the pipe and the overall color of the water.  Hydrants have been flushed between 15 minutes to 3 hours.  Each hydrant is flushed until only clear water comes out and there is no way to tell how long it will be flushed for.  Please be patient.  It takes a long time to complete the flushing program.  If hydrants are flushed out of sequence, dirty water will be mixed with clear water, and this whole program will be for nothing.

Click the Flushing Information link at the left for additional information.

When fire hydrants are used in areas that have not been flushed, it will cause the water to become worse in surrounding streets.  This is especially true in the vicinity of West St.  Hydrants have been used that have not been authorized by the Water Department.  This has caused problems and has been counter-productive to the flushing program.  The Water Deparment is working diligently to flush the hydrants in a timely manner and the response in the areas that have been flushed has been positive.  Be patient while we continue with the flushing. All areas of the distribution system will be flushed.

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