Public Works

Overview of Services

The Public Works Department is dedicated to ensuring our community is provided with safe, sustainable, well maintained and financially sound infrastructure systems. Public Works oversees maintenance, improvements, and management of the water distribution system, wastewater treatment facility, sanitary and stormwater collection systems, transportation network, city-owned facilities and open spaces.

Water Resources

Winooski provides safe, clean household water to residents of the City.  As part of the Champlain Water District, in 2015 we were honored for Excellence in Water Treatment and also in 2014 for having good tasting municipal tap water.  We’re able to maintain this level of quality because our water comes from a clean, deep water source in Shelburne Bay and because we consistently test the water to ensure it remains clean and healthy for use by the community.

Wastewater - The City owns and operates an extended air wastewater treatment facility which treats municipal wastewater generated within the city-wide service area. The treated effluent is discharged to the Winooski River and is subject to the permit limitations specified and monitored by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and USEPA. The original wastewater treatment facility was constructed in 1970; several substantial upgrades were completed from 1979 through 1998.

Stormwater is water that comes from the environment via precipitation.  It’s important to our overall ecosystem—if that water picks up pollutants they will end up on our local streams and eventually the lake.  This is a particular challenge for an urban area like Winooski that has a large amount of paved area, which prevents water from being absorbed into the ground.  Also, when strong storms hit, stormwater can flow too quickly, causing erosion.

Winooski works with many other towns in Chittenden County to inform residents about how individuals can impact stormwater so that the stormwater that flows over your property remains as clean as possible and is not flowing so fast that it will erode stream banks.  For more information on what you can do to keep stormwater clean, visit

View our current water and wastewater tax rates.

Green Mountain Water Environment Association Resources

Public Works Standards and Specifications

Click here to download the Draft Dept. of Public Works Standards and Specifications. 

Water Quality Reports

Streets and Facilities

The DPW streets and facilities team is responsible for maintaining and improving the city’s transportation network, buildings, parks and open spaces. The department strives to ensure city infrastructure is safe and well maintained. Our goal is to provide reliable, responsive, cost-efficient and innovative public works services.

Municipal Infrastructure Commission

The Municipal Infrastructure Commission is a policy advising group to the City Council and serves to implement its Strategic Vision area as outlined in the Master Plan.

Municipal Infrastructure:  "Invest in the City’s municipal infrastructure, including energy resources, facilities and technology; roads and sidewalks; and water, sewer, and storm water lines and facilities. Infrastructure investment will make our City safe and accessible to residents and visitors while recognizing the critical role that we play in the region’s system."

Referential Ordinances