Department of Public Works
The Department of Public Works protects the health, safety, and well-being of everyone in the community. Through our dedicated employees, we strive to plan, design, build, maintain and operate a complex combination of above-ground and below-ground public infrastructure in a manner that respects the environment and adequately preserves these assets for succeeding generations.
For inquiries regarding Water Quality or PFAS6 please contact the Water Quality Hotline.
Level III - Critical Drought
Starting Monday, August 8, 2022, Outdoor Watering is Prohibited Until Further Notice
Due to the elevated temperatures and future forecasts predicting little to no meaningful precipitation, we have currently entered a Level III Critical Drought. It is critical to practice good water conservation to ensure its availability, especially in times of drought. In an effort to conserve water supplies, starting on Monday, August 8, 2022, outdoor watering is prohibited until further notice.
- Automated Sprinkler Use
- Filling of Swimming Pools
Exceptions to the Restrictions
- Watering of newly established lawns, only in May and September.
- Watering for agricultural and livestock
- Watering of home gardens, between the hours of 8 pm to 6 am
- Watering for washing buildings in preparation for surface coating, paints and stain
- Watering used for nursery, garden supply inventory for sale
- Watering of recreational fields one day per week, as assigned and approved between the hours of 8 pm to 6 am, Monday through Friday
Any person violating this bylaw shall be liable to the Town in the amount of $50 for the first violation and $100 for each subsequent violation. Fines shall be recovered by indictment, or on complaint before the District Court, or by noncriminal disposition in accordance with MGL c. 40, § 21D. Each day of violation shall constitute a separate offense.
The enforcement officers for the purpose of this bylaw shall be the Board of Selectmen or authorized employees of the Plainville Water Department. Enforcing officers shall notify the offending water consumer by delivering a copy of notice of noncriminal violation as prescribed by MGL c. 40, § 21D. Hearing and appeal procedures shall be in accordance with applicable statutes and bylaws.
This notice of declaration of State of Water Supply Conservation is required to be published in a newspaper of general circulation within the Town, or by such other means, which would reasonably reach and inform all users of water. Any restriction imposed under § 445-5 shall not be effective until such notification is provided. The notice should include the Violations and Penalty § 445-9 and Enforcement § 445-11.
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- How do I get a street opening permit?
The Street Opening Permit application is attached below. This is a two-page document - the first page is the application and the second page is the Fee Schedule.
Street Opening Permits are accepted for work being performed from April 1st through November 1st. Only permits for emergency work are accepted outside of this time frame.
Please complete the first page (application) with the following information:
- Dig Safe number
- Start date and time of scheduled work
- Applicant's name, address, phone number and contact person
- Licensed contractor's name, phone number and 24/7 phone number (if different)
- Location and description of work (include a hand sketch of the location, large work and utilities will require attached plans)
- Expected trench size
- Applicant's signature
The standard application fee is $50. If the Street Opening Permit requires a trench that is greater than 3 feet in depth, and 15 feet or less between the soil walls as measured from the bottom, an Excavation and Trench Safety Permit is needed, at an additional cost of $25.
Based on the scope of the work being performed, additional fees from the Fee Schedule (page two) may apply. Please contact Dennis Morton, DPW Operations Manager, at 508-699-2071 to discuss the work being done and to determine any additional fees.
Checks should be made payable to "Town of Plainville". Please include "Street Opening Permit" and the property address in the memo line.
Once the application has been completed and the total application fee amount has been determined, please mail the application and your check to:
P.O. Box 1565
Plainville, MA 02762
If you would like a copy of the approved application, please include your email address somewhere on the application.
- What is capital charge?
The capital charge is shown on your bill as a breakdown of yearly charge of $240 water, $150 in sewer. This charge goes towards helping improve our systems such as water tank maintenance, piping replacement throughout our system, and upgrades to pumping stations.
- How do I schedule a final bill?
Please call our office at 508-695-6871 to schedule this service.