Woodstock's Public Works and Water / Sewer Departments consist of fourteen full time employees. We currently provide year round maintenance of approximately 60 km of streets. Also, the public works department is responsible for curbs and sidewalks, storm sewers and the cutting of grass on municipal property throughout Woodstock.
Water and Sewer employees have the responsibility of operating North America's first biological manganese removal plant which is fed by New Brunswick's most plentiful water aquifer. This department also is responsible for our 136 million litre wastewater treatment lagoon.
The Town of Woodstock has two wells approximately 150 ft deep located on an island in the middle of the St. John River. You may notice that throughout the Town a number of water storage tanks and booster stations can be found. These parts of infrastructure assist in transporting water throughout the system and to your homes and places of work.
We have the ability to store approximately 850,000 gal. of water if needed, the high amount of storage serves the public in two ways. The first with a good quality of water to drink and be used for day to day operations around the house. The second will be for fire protection.
The water we use is tested frequently to ensure it is safe to drink. A joint testing schedule with the New Brunswick Department of Environment/ Department of Health is followed to ensure that all parameters are tested for our protection.
Woodstock has a SCADA System which instructs the pumps when to start and stop. This SCADA System ensures that there will be enough water throughout our distribution system. SCADA acts like a full time employee who works 24 hours a day to ensure water is there when we need it.
We take pride in our quality of water and workmanship around water infrastructure. The Town of Woodstock realizes it is a special gift. Woodstock has the claim to having North America's First Biological Manganese Removal Plant. High levels of manganese are almost untraceable when water flows through the plant making it very efficient.
WATER METRE READING
Twice a year the Town of Woodstock sends out water & sewer bills. The amount of your bill is directly proportional to the amount of water that you use. In the month of August, the Public Works crew will go door to door to read your metre. If you are not home, we strongly recommend that you read the metre and call in your water metre reading to 325-4615 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Early in 2005 Woodstock introduced a new 136 million litre wastewater treatment lagoon. This lagoon was designed to handle Woodstock's community plus future growth and still maintain highly treated levels of effluent. All wastewater that reaches the treatment lagoon gets there by either gravity or force man sewers. The seven lift stations which feed the force mains are checked regularly to ensure they are working correctly.
A storm sewer is a separate sewer from the sanitary sewer. While the sanitary sewer removes wastewater from your house, the storm sewer removes rain water from the streets. Although in some areas of town these sewers are combined, steps are being taken to separate the two systems. It costs extra money to treat rain water when it is not necessary; rain water that enters a storm sewer has outfalls that can discharge into river & streams, where wastewater goes to the lagoon.
Every community has areas where sanitary lines are flatter than most, have tree root infiltration, or for some reason or another can be called a problem area. We realize that these problems do not go away and choose to take a proactive approach, much like a person that has used a pressure washer, we clean the inside of the sewer to remove any build up of excess debris. Unfortunately there are times when a back up may occur. If you experience such please contact us so we can determine where the problem may occur. An important item to check with your service line leaving your house or building is if it has a back water valve. Back water valves are required by Town by-laws and will greatly reduce the odds of water backing up into your basement.
SNOW REMOVAL POLICY
A complete copy of the snow removal policy can be viewed at the Town Hall. In short though, the policy is based on a priority schedule. For example, the listing below is what a resident should expect for plowing. Remember that the higher priority areas may be plowed more than once before your street has been reached: Main arterials (i.e. Main Street, Connell Street), Collector streets.i.e. Elm Street, Broadway Street), Residential Streets (i.e. St. James Street, Union Street), and Parking Lots. Sidewalks are plowed near the end of a snowstorm. Priority again is given to schools & commercial areas. Pedestrians are encouraged to be careful when using sidewalks during the winter months as they still can be slippery even after they are plowed.
Once the snow has been cleared for the streets we then turn our attention to removing snow from the parking lots. This done to make room for future snow falls plus provides additional parking. Widening of streets begins when an unsafe amount of snow has collected along the edge of the street. The central commercial area has its snow removed at night. Other areas will have snow removed during the daytime hours. Keep alert for flaggers and detours for these operations.
Usually in the spring & early summer there are a number of cross cuts on the street & sidewalks that were removed due to water breaks that occurred over the winter.There may be sections of streets or sidewalks that due to age and weather need special attention as well. These projects are carried out by Public Works crews when the needed materials are available.
The Town of Woodstock's paving program is divided into two categories: patching & re-surfacing. The Public Works department looks after the patching program. Patching will occur in areas which are most in need. Patching usually begins in mid to late May and continues into November if weather permits.
The re-surfacing program is a tendered out program. This annual competition is geared towards paving Woodstock's streets. Since streets can deteriorate differently over time, each year a review is conducted to make sure that the streets in the worst condition.
Garbage Pick Up
Garbage is collected by Kearneys Hygienic Services who is located at 147 Moffatt Street. The Southside of Town which includes everything south of Meduxnekeag River has garbage pick up day on Tuesdays'. The remainder of Town has garbage pickup on Wednesdays'. Kearney's Phone Number is 328-6139.
Spring Clean Up
The Town Public Works crew in conjunction with Kearney's has spring clean up days. Pick up of Brush & Leaves.
Western Valley Regional Service Commission
The recycling depots in Woodstock area: Atlantic Superstore, (350 Connell Street), and at the end of the Grafton Bridge-(Route 105).