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*** In case of water/sewer emergency: Phone: (518) 842-3691 ***

Amsterdam NY, Department of Public Works & UtilitiesThe Department of Public Works (also known as the DPW) is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the City of Amsterdam's basic infrastructure. In addition they provide for the collection of solid waste, street cleaning, as well as the maintenance of various Publicly owned facilities. The DPW houses a shop staffed with 3 mechanics for the maintenance and repair of its vehicles and equipment. Approximately 43 employees are distributed to handle the following three primary functions:



  • Winter operations: Maintain street plowing, sanding and snow removal
  • Summer operations include: Street cleaning, repair and maintenance of streets, storm water catch basins, curbs, and associated infrastructure.


  • Garbage & Recycling Pickup
  • City wide curbside garbage pickups split into four areas done on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Bulk pick up on Wednesday
  • The City of Amsterdam Sanitation Department collects the recycling
  • The City provides for a spring cleanup week with drop off at the nearby Montgomery County Transfer Station
  • All City solid waste is disposed of through the Montgomery County Transfer Station

Water and Sewer Maintenance

  • For sewer backups and other emergencies - (518) 842-3691
  • For water breaks and other emergencies - (518) 842-3691
  • Operation and maintenance of approximately 64 miles of City owned water distribution and sanitary sewer collection systems.

Please Note:

The City of Amsterdam's Sewer Maintenance Department is requesting that all city residents be reminded that rubber gloves, paper towels, baby wipes, feminine products, cooking oils and other similar disposable products should NOT be disposed of by flushing them down their toilets. These items should be disposed of in your weekly garbage pickup. Due to the age and size of the City's Sanitary Sewer System, the above items are causing blockage problems in the Sanitary Sewer Mains and YOUR sanitary sewer laterals.

El departamento del mantenimiento de la alcantarilla de Amsterdam está solicitando a todos los residentes de la ciudad de Amsterdam que los guantes de goma, las toallas de papel de cocina, toallitas húmedas para bebé, productos femeninos, aceite de cocinar y otros productos desechables NO deberian ser desechos en los servicios sanitarios de la cuidad. Los artículos antedichos deberían ser desechos semanalmente cuando te recogan la basura. Esto es debido a la edad y al tamaño del sistema de alcantarilla sanitario de la ciudad, los artículos antedichos están causando problemas de la obstrucción en las cañerías sanitarias de la alcantarilla generales y SU cañerías sanitarias.

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