The Department of Public Works (DPW) provides emergency and essential services to the 30,000 citizens of Northampton.  We operate on a 24 hour-basis with pagers and night staffing when conditions warrant.  We are responsible for rapid response to breaks in the water and wastewater systems, as well as snow, ice and other inclement weather conditions, including flooding and public tree damage.

The Public Works Commission is a volunteer committee that helps to set and implement policy for the Department of Public Works.

Division Responsible For
Administration and Purchasing  Supporting all Department of Public Works divisions.
Water and sewer billing of 8000 accounts.
Engineering  Planning, design and construction management
Survey-grade GPS and regional basestation
GIS mapping for all divisions
Infrastructure plans and records archive
Flood control system 
Parks and Cemeteries  120 acres of recreational fields
10.3 miles of bicycle paths
Musante Beach Recreational Facility
4 City cemeteries 
Sewer System  115 miles of sewer pipes
5328 manholes
Waste water treatment facility 
Solid Waste Management  Residential transfer station
Methane to electricity conversion at old landfill
Comprehensive recycling program 
Streets  130 miles of paved streets
15 miles of unpaved public ways
70 miles of sidewalks and crosswalks
20 bridges
Signs and traffic control systems
Mosquito control 
Storm Drainage System  4841 catch basins
114 miles of drainage pipes
330 outfalls
190 culverts 
Vehicle Maintenance  Over 90 heavy-duty vehicles and construction equipment 
Water supply  Watershed management and preservation
Water filtration and treatment facility
154 miles of water pipes
1000 water valves
1625 fire hydrants
8000 water meters