Department of Public Works

October Updates

DPW will continue hydrant flushing through the month of October. Most flushing will take place from 8 PM to Midnight with limited flushing during the day.  If you experience cloudy water please run a cold tap until clear.

Mission Statement

The Public Works Department’s provides and maintains public services necessary for the continued growth and improvement of the quality of life for the citizens of Manchester-by-the-Sea. 

The Department is comprised of the following divisions:

Click here for an overview of the Department of Public Works.

Frequently Asked Questions


Power Outages and Downed Wires

For power outage updates or to report downed trees in wires, please call National Grid directly: 1-800-322-3223 or on your mobile device at: or text: STORM to 64743 or online at Please note, this link is only active during storms.