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Ferndale’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is a full-service team responsible for a wide variety of crucial City functions that keep Ferndale clean and safe. They oversee waste and recycling collection, including the disposal of hazardous materials. They also oversee Ferndale’s water resources and are working diligently to identify and replace lead service lines throughout the City. DPW also conducts seasonal yard waste and leaf pickup programs. They keep Ferndale’s streets clear during snowfalls, often working diligently throughout the night during snow emergencies. They also offer support during instances of high rainwater and flooding. Lastly, DPW also conducts various repairs of sidewalks and roads around the City.
The Department of Public Works handles Ferndale's water resources. For information about the Lead Service Line Replacements, please view the program page. For meters and billing, view our utility services page for more information.
The City of Ferndale provides complimentary curbside leaf pickup to residential streets each fall between mid-October and the beginning of December. This year, the curbside leaf pickup program will begin the week of October 24, 2022, and conclude with one final leaf pickup the week of November 28. This year, Public Works has designed a more specific leaf pickup schedule. View the full schedule and additional information here.
Curbside yard waste pickup will continue until December 16, 2022. Collection will occur on your regular trash day. Visit the yard waste page for more information.
Street lights are maintained by DTE, not the City. Report an outage quickly and easily through DTE's online Street Light Problem form. Outages or issues with the shorter decorative light poles throughout the downtown district can be reported directly to DPW.
If your collection day falls on one of these holidays, please set your garbage containers at the curb the following day. This also includes the remainder of the days of that week following the holiday. Please note: If a holiday falls on a Sunday, collection will not be affected or delayed.
Yes. Bulk items shall not be placed at the curb for pickup before 4:00 p.m. the day before your collection day. Bulk items include appliances such as washers, dryers, hot water tanks, air conditions, refrigerators, and furniture. Doors to bulk items shall be removed before being taken to the curb for pickup.
Paints, garden chemicals, automotive products, antifreeze, household cleaners, solvents, insulin syringes, and other hazardous household materials may be accepted by appointment only.
If you are a resident and need these hazardous materials removed, contact SOCRRA's Special Household Waste Hotline for a collection appointment at 248-288-5153.
As an alternative to bagging and curbside pickup, many residents enjoy the natural benefits of composting. Check out the Compost Pilot Program page to learn how to get involved.
Our Department of Public Works (DPW) services all Ferndale residences. Simply rake your leaves to the curb by 7:00 a.m. on the Monday of your scheduled week's pickup and DPW will be by before the end of the week to vacuum them.
The City of Ferndale's curbside leaf pickup runs annually from roughly the third week of October through the beginning of December. Dates vary by year; this year's dates and other important information are published on the leaf pickup page.
Pipes can freeze due to a sudden drop in temperature, poor insulation, or thermostats set too low. Both plastic and copper pipes can burst, and recovering from frozen pipes is not as simple as calling a plumber. According to AAA, a 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can spew up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the potential for mold.
If your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house. Leave the water faucets turned on. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it.
Here are some tips to protect your pipes ahead of time:
If your water pressure seems low, contact the DPW Water Department at 248-546-2514 to see if work is being performed in your area. You may also contact Water Department Billing at 248-546-2374 to see if your service has been impacted or discontinued due to nonpayment.
In October of 2020, City Council signed a resolution against the use of anticoagulant rodenticides as part of maintenance programs for City-owned parks and facilities and recognized that the use of anticoagulant pesticides is harmful to our community environment. The City’s DPW discourages the use of anticoagulants and serves as a model in promoting alternative means of pest control on public property. The full resolution can be found here.