Public Works

Sewer Dye Testing Program

The City will begin conducting a Sewer Dye Testing Program the week of October 28, 2019. This program will investigate private property connections that allow rainwater or groundwater to enter the sewer system. Dye testing is a common practice that involves pouring a non-staining dye into suspected sources (e.g., roof downspouts, sump pumps, and floor drains). A source is confirmed if the dye is observed in the sewer system, shown in the photo below.

For a complete overview about this project, please visit: www.framinghamma.gov/dyetesting

Dye shown in a sewer manhole

fall 2019 Water Main Flushing Program

The Water Department will begin conducting its Fall 2019 Water Main Flushing Program on Monday, September 30, 2019, through Friday, November 15, 2019. Water Main flushing will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in residential areas and 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in business areas. The purpose of the program is to improve drinking water quality for residents and businesses in Framingham.

Flushing will occur south of Waverly Street, near the Ashland, Natick and Sherborn town lines.

Please reference the website for a daily flushing status update. For more information and to view status updates, please click on the link below:  

https://www.framinghamma.gov/watermainflushing

Hydrant Flushing

Department Overview

Every day dedicated professionals across the Department of Public Works take pride in the jobs they do to protect the health, safety and well-being of everyone in the community. We are comprised of a team that designs, builds, refurbishes, replaces, oversees, and maintains a complex combination of above ground and below ground public infrastructure.

INTERESTED IN THE HISTORY OF THE CITY'S MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEMS?

DID YOU KNOW?

About 50% of the City's roadways were built before World War II. 25% of the current stormwater, water and wastewater infrastructure put in place at that time is now over 70 years old.

The City of Framingham tripled in population during the 25 years after World War II and 50% of the stormwater, water and wastewater systems were installed.

In 2006, the city accelerated the Capital Improvement Program to remedy this situation.

LEARN MORE ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE COMMUNITY