Public Works

Effective March 18, 2020 – COVID-19
DPW Remote Operations

In response to the unprecedented global pandemic caused by the Coronavirus, and the Town Manager’s March 17, 2020 Emergency Declaration, the department of Public Works has implemented its Continuity of Operations Plan. This plan is designed for the continued delivery of crucial municipal services such as rescue, fire, police, dispatch, winter road maintenance, and other critical infrastructure maintenance.  We must support these services with facilities, equipment, and the coordination of appropriate resources.

The administrative operations of public works are now operating remotely. Please use the staff directory link on this page to reach the appropriate administrative personnel. For general inquires or requests for service, please contact our Operations Coordinator, Melaney MacKay at, or 802-264-5620.

Our maintenance crews will be focusing on supporting and providing crucial municipal services. This includes keeping the public transportation system open, the Town’s sewer system operating, and keeping all emergency response or other critical equipment and facilities operational. Please understand that we may not have the ability to address non-urgent complaints or issues at this time, but will do our best to get to them as quickly as we can. Thank you for your patience as we all work through this challenge together.

Our Mission

Guided by a philosophy of service, public safety, cost containment, and environmental protection, our mission is to improve the overall quality of life within the community through the development of superior infrastructure.

Director's Message

Colchester has many diverse land uses and an abundance of natural resources. Situated on the eastern shores of Lake Champlain, with a population of over 17,000, Colchester is the 4th largest community in  Vermont.

Responsibilities & Services

The Colchester Public Works Department provides a variety of public services to the community. Our primary responsibilities include the planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of the community's infrastructure. 

These services are implemented through the divisions of:

· Administration                         · Highway
· Buildings                                   · Stormwater
· Engineering                              · Wastewater
· Equipment Maintenance

Your comments and ideas are always welcome. Do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of service.


Water Quality Hotline: 802-264-5628               

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