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.

Public Works Standards and Specifications

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

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 Resources

Winooski works with many other municipalities 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

The Green Mountain Water Environment Association (GMWEA) supports Vermont’s drinking water, wastewater, and storm water sector - serving water quality professionals, preserving the environment, and protecting public health through technical trainings, public education, and policy advisories. GMWEA has published a series of four informational brochures for Vermont residents:

  • "Volume 1: CLOGGERS!" is a guide to saving money and hassle, and protecting the environment, by knowing what NOT to flush, pour, or spill into your private septic tank or municipal sewer system -- fats, oils, greases, and fibrous materials like paper, cloth, or plastic materials that clog pipes and impair system performance. (So called "flushable" wipes are among the worst cloggers!)
  • "Volume 2: DRUGS!" details the harmful impacts on both human and ecosystem health of flushing or pouring out medications of any kind, and provides advice for safe disposal.  It also notes the risks of personal care products (PCPs) -- consumer products for body care and comfort that contain unnatural chemicals -- and suggests ways people can minimize their water pollution impact.   
  • "Volume 3: LAWN & GARDEN POISONS!" offers tips for limiting households’ contribution of pesticides and chemical fertilizers -- which can run off private property, endangering human health and causing death and deformity in wildlife.  Lots of great advice and links to more strategies to safely control every problematic critter and plant.   
  • "Volume 4: HOUSE & GARAGE HAZARDS!" cautions Vermonters about typical household substances such as cleansers, polishes, paints, and solvents, as well as auto products like gasoline, oil, antifreeze, and wax.  All will ruin septic systems and sewer facilities if poured or flushed, and will poison surface waters and wells if spilled in driveways, soil, or storm drains.  The brochure offers recipes for safe, effective, homemade cleansers and disinfectants, and provides comprehensive disposal options.

Streets and Facilities

The Department of Public Works streets and facilities team is responsible for maintaining and improving the city’s transportation network, buildings, and parks system. 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 stormwater 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."

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