DPW Public Notices & Reports
Notices and Reports
Annual Combined Sewer Overflow Report - CY 2021
This annual report provides the state of our service, CSO updates for 2021, and ongoing CSO elimination efforts.
Maintaining Water Quality in Low-Use Buildings
Maintaining Water Quality During COVID
Building Flushing Information
During the COVID-19 pandemic some buildings and facilities have little or no water running through the pipes and fixtures for an extended period of time. These stagnant water conditions can result in discolored water, lower chlorine levels, higher concentrations of lead and copper and even the proliferation of legionella, under certain building conditions. Fresh water should be drawn into the building water systems and stagnant water flushed out before the buildings are reopened.
2021 Stormwater Management Plan (PDF)
Learn what Chelsea is doing to reduce contamination in our rivers and waterways.
Notice of Public Hearing on Municipal Aggregation Plan / Notificación de presentación y audiencia pública
The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities will hold a virtual public hearing to receive comments on July 20, 2021 at 7:00pm. For information on how to participate and how to submit comments, download and read the full Notice of Filing and Public hearing.
Chelsea Electricity Choice / Opción Eléctrica de Chelsea
Learn how clean energy can make a significant contribution to sustainability and to the local economy.
2020 Storm Water Management Plan (PDF)
Learn what Chelsea is doing to reduce contamination into our rivers and waterways.
Backflow Prevention Education
This explains the need for backflow prevention devices in private homes.
Lead Water Replacement Program -Request for Community Assistance
The City needs your help to identify where these lead service pipes are. Find out how you can help.
Understanding Combined Sewer Overflows
Approximately 70% of Chelsea is serviced by combined sewers. Learn about our challenges in eliminating the CSOs and the number of them in Chelsea.
Annual Combined Sewer Overflow Press Release March 2020
This annual press release provides the state of our service, CSO updates for 2019, and ongoing CSO elimination efforts.
Water and Sewer Rates History 2002- 2019
This document is in PDF format outlining the rate changes from 2002 to 2019.
Charges for Backflow Preventer Device Testing
Effective on September 17, 2019, Public Works will begin charging $65 for a backflow preventer device testing.
FY20 Trash Rates
10% increase imposed. Computer monitors and television removal stickers are now lowered to $25.00 from $45.00.
FY20 Water and Sewer Rates (PDF)
1% combined increase for Tier 1 and Tier 2; 4% combined increase for Tier 3. Learn more about the new rates.
Trash Barrel and Bag Usage Ordinance
The trash barrel ordinance will go into effect January 1, 2020. Learn how this ordinance will affect you.
Plastic Bag Ban
The Ordinance takes effect on December 17, 2019. Learn how this ban affects you.
Approved Excavation Contractors (PDF)
This is a list of City-approved contractors with their company address and phone number.
Capital Improvement Projects
This contains current capital improvement project information, photos, and the roadway pavement.
Excavation Safety and Regulations
Learn about Contractors Registration Process, Documents required, Street Opening Permits, and fees.
Learn about how citation works, the standards, and the codes of collection.
Vendor List for Orange Trash Bags
Learn about the City of Chelsea trash bags, retail sales locations, and prices for these trash bags.
lsea trash bags, retail sales locations, and prices for these trash bags.
Capital Improvement Projects
High School Field Half way Lay down process
Capital Projects - Roadway Rehabilitation
Beacham Street 2 Beacham Street Cook Avenue
Cook Avenue After pulveriztion Cottage Street East Harvard Street Complete
Harvard Street Complete Springvale Avenue Reclaimation Willow Street due South
Willow from Cottage Willow Street southerly from Grove Street
Capital Projects - Sidewalks
Fourth Street Gradall Harvard Street nothwest to Franklin
Harvard Street Westerly to Franklin Highland Street - Before Highland Street - After
Capital Projects - City Hall Tower Restoration
What was left of an anchor brick that ties the wall to the building.
Demolition of the wall in front of the tie brick. Before and After
Cracks that allowed water in to deteriorate sub structure
.Copper repair to eliminate crack. Gold leaf being applied to repair areas.
Finish Coating Pointing around Clock Face Primer on Clock
Rusty clock face
Deteriorated sub structure frame. The frame to the Dome is wood with copper claded with 23 carrot gold leaf.
Chelsea Electricity Choice
Public Hearing Notice: The City of Chelsea filed a request with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) for approval of its municipal electricity aggregation plan. The DPU will conduct a virtual public hearing to receive comments on this filing using Zoom videoconferencing on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, beginning at 7:00 p.m. For information on how to participate and how to submit comments, download and read the full Notice of Filing and Public hearing. (En Español)
For more details, visit ChelseaElectricityChoice.com
Why Chelsea Electricity Choice?
Chelsea Electricity Choice will include the option to get all of your electricity from clean, renewable sources in New England. By choosing this option, you will make a significant contribution to sustainability and to the local economy. You will help to:
- Reduce Chelsea’s greenhouse gas emissions by ensuring that all of the electricity you buy comes from clean sources
- Encourage the development of new renewable energy projects in New England by creating more demand for the electricity generated by those projects
- Support local businesses and local jobs by buying all of your electricity from New England-based projects.
Implementing a program like Chelsea Electricity Choice is a regulated process that is overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU). The state regulatory review process can take as long as a year to complete.
- The Chelsea City Council voted to pursue aggregation on 10/24/19.
- Chelsea will submit its aggregation plan to the State to begin the regulatory review process in late 2020.
- While Chelsea’s aggregation plan is being reviewed, the City will begin outreach about the program to the community.
- Once the State approves the aggregation plan, the City will issue an RFP for, select, and sign a contract with an electricity supplier.
- After the electricity supply contract is signed, the City will conduct a public education campaign to inform the community about program details.
- At the conclusion of that public education campaign, the program will launch.
Learn more about Chelsea Electricity Choice at ChelseaElectricityChoice.com
What kind of program is Chelsea Electricity Choice?
Chelsea Electricity Choice is a form of group electricity purchasing known as electricity aggregation. Through Chelsea Electricity Choice, the City will provide Chelsea residents and businesses with an alternative to other electricity supply offers in the marketplace, but without high pressure or fees.
Chelsea Electricity Choice will not replace Eversource as your electric utility. But it will change the price that Eversource uses to calculate the supply portion of your electricity bill.
In addition, the program will provide access to cleaner electricity, long-term pricing, and consumer protections*.
* Chelsea Electricity Choice may also provide savings when compared with Eversource’s prices, but savings cannot be guaranteed. The reason is because Chelsea’s price will be a long-term price, while Eversource’s prices change, and their future prices are not known.
New Electricity Choices
The Chelsea Electricity Choice program will provide three new electricity choices that will give you greater control over the price of your electricity and how much of your electricity comes from clean, renewable sources.
Renewable energy comes from sources like the sun and the wind, which are unlimited. Using electricity from renewable sources is better for our health and for the environment. Energy generated from renewable sources does not cause air pollution, and it does not generate the gasses that cause climate change.
As a program participant, you will automatically receive a standard amount of clean, renewable electricity, which will be more than the minimum amount required by state law. (That standard amount is still to be determined.)
Or you can choose from among two other options, including the following:
- Opt up to 100% clean, renewable electricity.
- Opt down to receive no additional renewable energy in your electricity above minimum amount required by state law, but retain the program benefits of long-term price stability and consumer protections.
Participating in the Program
All Eversource Basic Service customers (Eversource customers who have not signed a contract with an electricity supplier) will be automatically enrolled in Chelsea Electricity Choice, unless they choose not to participate.
The automatic enrollment model is the state law, but participation is not required. You may opt out of the program before being enrolled and any time after enrollment with no penalty.
If you have a contract with an electricity supplier at program launch, you will not be automatically enrolled, but you may choose to enroll.
As a program participant, you will remain an Eversource customer.
- Eversource will continue to deliver your electricity, and you will continue to call Eversource if your power goes out.
- You will still receive your bill from and pay Eversource. This is the only electricity bill you will receive as a participant in this program. The program price will be used to calculate the Supply portion of your Eversource bill.
- If you are eligible for a low-income rate, you will continue to receive that benefit.
- If you have solar panels, your net metering credits will still be calculated base.
Aggregation Plan (PDF)
Education and Outreach Plan (PDF)
Model Electricity Service Agreement (PDF)
Charges for a Backflow Preventer Device Testing
Effective immediately on September 17, 2019, the Department of Public Works will begin charging for backflow preventer device testing. The fee for testing will be $65 per device, regardless of the number of devices in the property.
A backflow preventer is a mechanical device that prevents water from a building to flow back into the water mains and contaminate our water supply. A backflow preventer is required by law on large users of water, particularly businesses and large buildings. Small residential homes are not affected. Chelsea DPW tests these annually as it is required from MassDEP. The City of Chelsea has not historically charged for these tests, but we are following suit from our surrounding communities (Revere, Everett, Boston, etc.) to charge for these tests. Residential homes, unless in a large building, are not affected.
If you have any questions, please contact Chelsea 311 or 617-466-4209.
Trash Barrel Ordinance
Follow these four easy steps to make sure your dumpster is prepared for the next rainstorm! Stormwater proofing your dumpster helps local water quality and prevents trash from washing into local waterways.
1. Place dumpsters under a covered area to prevent water from getting inside.
2. Sweep around the container with a broom and dispose of debris properly. Do not wash trash into a drain.
3. Keep the lid closed at all time to keep rain out and garbage in. Contact your hauler to repair or replace damaged lids.
4. Contain spills immediately. Have a spill kit available and make sure employees know how to use it.