Public Works

Public Works Department
This department includes the highway, water, and wastewater/sewer divisions. In general, the hours for the Bowen Road facility administrative office are Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Primarily housed at our facility located on Bowen Road, the Public Works department also includes facilities located at numerous places throughout town which may have different hours as detailed in the division information below. 

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Contact us about:
  • Driveway Changes and/or Curb Cuts
  • Water / Sewer Connections and Repairs
  • Water / Sewer Dig Permits for NEW Connections
Fix-it Form
Tell us about problems or issues you see on your street or in your neighborhood! Tell us about it with our Fix-it Form.

Administration Office
Contact Public Works
Contact Public Works:

R.J. Joly, Public Works Director
Phone: 802-442-1037

Larry Gates, Assistant Public Works Director
Phone: 802-442-1037

Water and Sewer Bills and Billing

Linda E. Bermudez, Administrative Assistant
Town of Bennington
Department of Public Works
P.O. Box 469
Bennington, VT 05201

Hours: Monday. Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 802-447-9719
Water and Sewer Billing
Water/Sewer Billing Office

Linda E. Bermudez, Public Works Administrative Assistant
205 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201
Hours: Monday. Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 802-447-9719

This office can provide you with copies of bills and a history of your bills. For payments, please go to our collections department.

Water & Sewer Questions
Do you have questions about your water and sewer rates? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

What should and should not be flushed?
We can all play a role in protecting Vermont’s natural waters – and reduce our water and sewer costs – just by changing the way we use common household products! GMWEA’s four “Don’t Flush It!” brochures show how.

Metered Water Questions
All commercial properties and multi family buildings are required to have a meter. Single family households have the option of having a flat rate OR having a meter. Learn more with this FAQ and calculate whether you can save money by moving to a meter vs. a flat rate

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Contracts / Bids
For information on bids or contracted work requested by the Town of Bennington, click here.
Division of Public Works
Highway Division
Highway Department workersThe crew at the Department of Public Works

RJ Joly, director of Public WorksRJ Joly, Director of Public Works
Highway Division

Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
After Hours: Nights, weekend and/or Holiday Highway calls should be directed to the Bennington Police Department at (802) 442-1030.

The Highway Division is made up of a 14-person crew, (2) Working Foremen, (1) Public Works Director, and (1) Assistant Public Works Director. The Highway Division is responsible for maintaining approximately 127 miles of road within the Town of Bennington. Crews also maintain 32 bridges greater than 20 feet long, 500 catch basins, numerous miles of ditches, culverts, and swales. The Highway Division also replaces, plows and maintains all 45 miles of sidewalk in town, as well as street sweeping and trash removal in the downtown area.

Larry Gates, Assistant Director of Public WorksLarry Gates, Assistant Director of Public Works
On-site Locations:

78 Bowen Road
Hours: Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.;
No Weekend Hours

If you wish to contact us after hours, calls should be directed to the Bennington Police Department at (802) 442-1030. 

Other related locations include the Waste Water Treatment Facility, Water Facility, and Morgan Spring Pump House. Details are found d on the specific department drop down pages.
Water Division
Water Department Workers
Water Resources Division 

Brian Billert, Working Foreman

Brian BillartBrian Billert, Working Foreman
The Water Division is made up of a five-man crew, including the Working Foreman. This crew is responsible for servicing and maintaining approximately 92 miles of water mains, 650 fire hydrants, 4,065 water service connections and 1,225 water meters ranging from 1/2 inch to 8 inches in diameter. They also are responsible for maintaining the 4.0 million gallon per day Water Filtration Plant.

The Bennington water system is fed by two different water sources. Our primary water source is Bolles Brook, a surface water source located in Woodford, Vermont. It is necessary to treat this water before consumption, which is done at the Water Filtration Plant on Route 9 in Woodford. Our plant was originally built and put on line in 1978. This Filtration Plant went through a major upgrade in 2006 in order to meet new criteria set forth by the E.P.A. as they related to the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Bennington’s second source of water is Morgan Springs. This is a pristine ground water source located right in the Town of Bennington. It is an extremely valuable resource to both the Town of Bennington and its water users. This amazing spring overflows nearly 2.5 million gallons per day. In 1992 Morgan Springs was upgraded to a state-of-the-art ground water pumping station and withdrawal facility. In 2004 the Town of Bennington Water Department made additional upgrades to facilitate the sale of Morgan Springs Water to private water bottling companies. In 2022, a new pumping station was built nearby on Main Street to better facilitate water trucks. Ongoing projects are focused on the replacement of 100-year-old water main sections and the improvement of water quality through larger diameter water mains as well as looping the water mains where possible.

If you have questions regarding your water service, billings, meters, permits for repairs, allocations for home additions or new businesses, please contact the Water/Sewer billing office at the Town Offices at 802-447-9719.

On-site Locations:

78 Bowen Road
Hours: Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (By Appointment Only); No Weekend Hours

Filtration Plant - Vermont Route 9
Hours: Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; No Weekend Hours
Wastewater / Sewer Division
Workers at the Wastewater Facility

Wastewater / Sewer Division

Jon D’Amour, Chief Operator/Wastewater Facility

Mike Lane, Assistant Chief Operator/Wastewater Facility

Jon D'AmourThe Bennington Wastewater Division put its first Primary Wastewater Treatment Facility online in the 1962. This level of treatment was a simple settling process with an anaerobic digestion of collected sludge. The sludge was eventually drained, freeze-dried and transported to a landfill. This treatment process survived until 1984 when the treatment facility underwent a major upgrade. The facility upgraded its process to a secondary-tertiary treatment process with sludge dewatering in 1992 and eventually a state-of-the-art composting facility in 2000. The Bennington Wastewater Treatment Facility receives wastewater from Bennington, North Bennington and Shaftsbury. The seven-man crew including the Chief Operator maintain approximately 67 miles of sanitary sewer mains, five pump stations and 1,300 sewer manholes. They are also responsible for maintaining the 5.1 million gallon per day Wastewater Treatment Facility itself and the adjoining compost facility. The operators and the facility have been recognized for their efforts with numerous State of Vermont and New England Water Pollution Control awards for their outstanding efforts. In 2020 the Treatment Facility completed a major $9.85 million upgrade. This added a pre-screening process and replaced several pieces of aging equipment that have long outlasted their performance life expectancy.

VIEW VIDEO of Bennington Select Board members touring the Wastewater Treatment Facility (11/22/21)

Mike LaneIf you have questions regarding your sewer service, billings, permits for repairs, allocations for home additions or new businesses please contact the Water/Sewer billing office at the Town Offices at 802-447-9719.

On-site Location:

Wastewater Treatment Plant - 244 Harrington Road
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; No Weekend Hours

Related Links: Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrade presentation
What is flushable?
Tips on what NOT to Flush
Paying attention to what you do and do not flush down the toilet can make a huge difference. Having a sewer line back up is never a pleasant experience and any blockages that occur prior to the main sewer line in the street is the responsibility of the tenant or home owner. 

flushablewipe-sludge - CopyThe NUMBER ONE THING TO NEVER FLUSH: "Flushable Wipes"
The irony is of course in the name. The so-called "flushable" wipes are the number one problem we are experiencing at our waste water treatment facility. NEVER flush wipes down your toilet! This is the primary cause of sewer blockages for home owners and tenants. It's also something the Town can't help you with... so avoid the inconvenience and expense of a sewer blockage by never flushing wipes.

This is equally true for those who have their own septic systems, except it could be even MORE expensive for the tenant or homeowner to resolve.

Use these guides to avoid unnecessary blockages:

Guides for Best Practices