Department of Public Utilities

The Department of Public Utilities provides essential services to the 42,000+ citizens of the City of Pittsfield. The Department, comprised of four divisions, operates on a 24 hour basis with pagers and night staffing.  The City employs a staff of 52 full-time employees in the Department of Public Utilities.

The four Divisions that comprise the Department of Public Utilities are the Administration Division, the Engineering Division, the Wastewater Treatment Plant Division and the Water Division.

Administration Division

  • Supports all DPU Divisions
  • Maintains parking permit accounts for municipal parking areas
  • Maintains about 16,000 water and sewer billing accounts
  • Administers the contract for residential curbside trash and recycling collection
  • Administers the contract with Covanta/Pittsfield Resource Recovery Plant
  • Oversees environmental monitoring of City owned closed landfills
  • Issues snow emergencies

Engineering Division

  • Planning, design and construction management of City projects
  • Infrastructure record keeping
  • Permits for water, sewer and storm water connections and repairs, driveways, and water meters
  • Tax maps
  • GIS services for all departments

Wastewater Treatment Plant Division (Sanitary Sewer System)

  • 182 miles of sewer pipes
  • 6 sewer pump stations
  • 28.7 MGD Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Industrial pretreatment program

Water Division (Drinking Water System)

  • 6 drinking water reservoirs
  • Water treatment plants (Cleveland and Ashley)
  • 241 miles of water distribution pipes
  • 2 flow control stations
  • 5 pumping stations
  • 5 water storage tanks