Water, Sewer & Drain Division

Outside of Water Building

The Water, Sewer and Drain Division serves the Town of Needham by providing integrated water, wastewater, and stormwater services. Our primary mission is to plan for, operate, and maintain both the infrastructure and the organization necessary to provide high quality drinking water, to provide an adequate and reliable water supply for all household, commercial, and community needs, and to protect the town’s watersheds and quality of life by managing wastewater and stormwater effectively. We strive to serve the community in a courteous, efficient, cost effective and environmentally sustainable manner.

We’re passionate about our work and try to instill our values of integrity, innovation, objectivity, professionalism, teamwork and transparency in everything we do. We collect water, move it, store it, treat it, distribute it, track how much is used and bill our customers for their use. We provide ideas and tools to conserve water and provide protection for our residents. We take pride in meeting the diverse needs of the residents we serve.

The yearly tasks of the division consist of:

  • Water - Operations and maintenance of the town’s water system, which includes supply, storage, treatment, and distribution. Ensure compliance with applicable regulatory requirements.
  • Drains - Maintenance of the storm drain system, which includes compliance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA’s) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program designed to improve the quality of stormwater discharge into local rivers, lakes, streams, and ponds.
  • Sewer - Maintenance and cleaning of the sewer collection system to minimize failures and blockages to ensure an uninterrupted and productive sewer system.

About the Division

The Needham Water Department was established in 1889. The Needham Department of Public Works (DPW), Water and Sewer Division continues to provide water and sewer services to more than 30,000 residents, workers, students, shoppers, hospital patients, and visitors each and every day.

Here is a video produced by the Needham Channel about how the Town utilizes the water and sewer enterprise funds that are comprised of the fees collected from water and sewer bills - Is Your Money Going 'Down the Drain'?

Tap Water RunningHighest Quality and Service

We strive to provide our customers with the highest quality water and sewer service. We want our customers to understand the value of these systems and how well- maintained systems protect the environment. To accomplish this, the Water and Sewer Division effectively utilizes state-of-the-art technologies. In addition, the Water & Sewer Division is a 24 hours, 7 days a week operation.

Improved Infrastructure

Improved Infrastructure - Men working on a pipe

The Water and Sewer Division maintains, improves, and manages the water, sewer, and drain systems throughout the town. The DPW has a comprehensive, five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) that identifies needed repairs, rehabilitation or replacements, establishes a planning process, and implements construction. Our leak detection efforts have set the standard within the industry for keeping unaccounted for water at a minimum.

Sound Fiscal Practices

The DPW incorporates sound and prudent fiscal practices. These management practices ensure that the Water & Sewer Division provides the highest quality water and sewer services at the lowest possible price.

For Our Customers

At the DPW customer service is our number one priority. Whether in the field or online, our commitment is to you, our customer. With that in mind, this website has been designed to offer you numerous services such as billing policies and procedures and answers to frequently asked questions.

For Our Customers & Vendors

You can view a current list of Request for Proposals (RFPs) and Invitations to Bid. The bid requirements and bidders list are also made available. And finally, you can download many of the forms and regulations you may need as a customer, contractor or vendor.

Your support for capital projects and programs has been essential to our efforts to conserve your water and your money. Customer service is our 1st priority and we will do it as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Scoop the Poop Infographic advising residents to pick up dog poop for environmental reasons