Water Division

Recent News & Information

                                                                            MAY 5, 2022

Image of vehicle conducting leak detection. See below for more info.

Miles Leak Detection will begin conducting the City's annual leak detection survey of the water system starting tonight, Thursday, May 5. 

Specialized listening devices will be placed on fire hydrants and valve boxes in the road to identify and locate any leaks for the Water Division to address.

Work will primarily occur at night between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., when traffic noise is lowest. Some daytime work may occur depending on the ambient noise in each neighborhood. 

A Hybrid Ford Escape will be used during surveying, marked "Miles Leak Detection" (see photo above). Workers will be wearing bright reflective clothing, tool belts, and large headsets. 

Residents with questions or concerns can email water@FraminghamMa.gov or call 508-532-6050.

Water Main Flushing to Begin Next Week, Monday, May 2

Image of a hydrant being flushed. Text: Framingham Public Works Hydrant Flushing Program.

The City of Framingham’s Water Division will conduct water main flushing via hydrants, Monday-Friday, May 2 – June 17, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The area to be flushed is bounded by the Sudbury Town Line, Pleasant Street, Belknap Road, Edgell Road, and the Southborough Town Line.

Flushing may cause discolored water and a reduction in pressure. 

For more information about the program and what to expect, please visit: https://www.framinghamma.gov/2600/Water-Main-Flushing


  • Distribution of a public potable water supply through a complex system of pumps, pipes, valves, and reservoirs
  • Provision of fire suppression service to the 17,000 residential and commercial accounts
  • Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA)Annual Drinking Water Report
  • 288 miles of pipe
  • 17,000 service connections
  • 2,000 hydrants
  • 4,800 gate valves
  • 22,000 meters
  • Four pumping stations
  • Three booster stations
  • Six above ground water tanks (storage capacity -nearly 9 million gallons)

Public water system award winner 
Large Consecutive Community Systems Category for the calendar year 2020

Image of the Water Department Management Staff and Operations Managers standing near a yellow truck

Image of Water Division Operations Staff holding an award from MassDEP

The City of Framingham’s Water Department received a Public Water System Award from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) in June 2021, for outstanding performance and achievements in the Large Consecutive Community Systems Category for the calendar year 2020.

The criteria used to select eligible public water systems for this award include excellent water service to the public, no violations or non-compliance issues, and efforts that support public water supply services, such as source water protection, water quality, and conservation.

Water is Life

Framingham Public Works recently made a documentary about the 50+ mile journey our water travels to reach us, the critical importance of maintenance and improvements to our infrastructure and the 27+ mile journey our wastewater travels to be treated and delivered back into the earths water cycle.