Department of Public Works

September/October 2022 Updates

School Street Water Main replacement Monday June 13th N Granese and Sons will be starting the water main work on School Street. Work will begin at the Central Street end and work towards Vine ending around the Essex County club. Crews will be working between 7am-4pm Monday through Friday with potential additional hours or days with prior approval. Temporary bypass will be on both sides of the street and hose connections to the houses. Police details will be onsite and detours may be used at times. August 30 Construction Update

Trash Delay: There will be a one day collection delay for trash recycling and compost the week of October 10th due to the Columbus Day holiday. 

Reminder: Please call or email JRM at 1-800-323-4285 or to report missed trash/recycling pickupsPlease call Black Earth at 978-290-4610 to report missed composting pickups.

Yard Cleanup:  The Compost Site is open Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 9am-3pm. Learn what you can bring here.

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.

National Grid Presentation December 2021