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Department of Public Works

Water Resources

Customer Care, Billing, Field Services and Production
235 Penny Lane | Burlington, VT 05401 | View Map
Business Hours: Monday-Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm

Phone: (802)863-4501 (Staff available 24/7 for Water Emergencies)
Fax: (802)864-8233

Payment Mailing: PO Box 1758 | Albany, NY 12201
Other Correspondence: PO Box 878 | Burlington, VT 05402

Burlington Water Resources is proud to provide many essential services that include the production of potable water, meter reading & repair, billing, water main installation & maintenance, hydrant care and collection and treatment of wastewater and stormwater.  Water is our most valuable natural resource and we must continue to be stewards of our water infrastructure, protectors of our source waters and practitioners of water conservation!

Current Communication Updates
Now Available: Annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR)

The 2020 Consumer Confidence Report for Water Quality is now available!  We are committed to delivering the highest quality drinking water possible, and we are pleased to report that we met and surpassed all federal and state water quality regulations once again.  The CCR contains a snapshot of the quality of water that we provided in 2020, including details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state standards.   All historical reports from 2019 through 2006 are available to review or download and you can request a hard copy by contacting Customer Care at the above phone or email.    

Hydrant Flushing: Ongoing
Water Resources began the annual inspection and flushing of fire hydrants on 5/3/21 and we are on pace to complete the entire City in August.   As a reminder, residents may experience lower pressure or discolored water due to the naturally occurring minerals and sediments that accumulate in the water mains and become disturbed by the flushing process.  Visit Hydrant Flushing to review the daily schedule, interactive hydrant map and other pertinent information.
Rate Restructuring & Affordability Initiative
We have proposed changes to the rate and fee structure that make essential water usage more affordable, provide bill discount opportunities for seniors and income qualified rate payers and ensure we can better recover costs for certain types of water access (e.g., private fire protection, irrigation).  Visit our project page to review all progress to date including our previous presentations, request an account impact summary and find out whether you qualify for assistance.   
Upcoming Capital Improvements
The 2021 construction season is quickly approaching and we are excited to share our plans for improving water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure in neighborhoods all over the City.  You can LEARN MORE about these projects including how they support both the City’s Sustainable Infrastructure Plan and the Clean Water Resiliency Plan. 
General Communications
COVID-19 Updates
Rest assured, we are taking all necessary measures to ensure staff can continue supporting our community by delivering safe, clean drinking water, treating wastewater and maintaining essential services.  Learn more about recent changes within Water Resources and how we can work together to protect the health and safety of our entire community.    
Reopening After A Prolonged Vacancy: Why Flushing Your Plumbing Matters
The water quality at your property can be negatively impacted by lack of use, so it’s important to flush all internal plumbing before utilizing the water again.  This will ensure optimal water quality at the tap by removing any stagnant water which can allow bacteria to grow or cause unwanted contaminants to leach from pipe materials into the water.  Please note, the Vermont Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation have issued specific guidelines and recommendations for reopening after the Stay Home, Safe Order.  Learn more to ensure safe, clean drinking water is restored to your property or business.
Remember to Flush Wisely!
Let's maintain the proper social distance from a sewer back up!  The use of disinfecting wipes has increased in recent days and we want to remind everyone that all wipes should be disposed of in the garbage.  We should only be flushing human waste and toilet paper.  Even wipes that are marketed as "flushable" do not completely break down and are prone to getting snagged in pipes and machinery.  This can lead to expensive clean up and repairs to your plumbing and our wastewater collection system.  Learn more about our wastewater system and how you can help!   
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Requirement Reminders
Final Meter Reading Request For A Property Sale
We require a form be remitted by the property owner (or their representative) to initiate a final meter reading and bill.  There is a $30.00 fee assessed for this service.  Please visit our FAQ section to review more details about this process. 
Contractors & Homeowners: Construction Standards
There are specific requirements and policies related to the installation of water services and meters in Burlington.  Please review this critical information today to ensure your project is compliant. 
Fire Protection Repair or Maintenance Notifications 
Burlington Water must be notified of any planned or emergency work involving the water distribution system.  If you are a business, please remit the required form to notify us of your job.  Please visit our Fire Protection Notification section to find locations where work has been performed.