Public Works

Contact Information

Ocean Pines Public Works Department
1 Firehouse Lane
Ocean Pines, MD 21811

Eddie Wells
Public Works & CPI Director

Office Hours:
7:00am – 3:30pm Monday-Friday
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Worcester County Announces Fall Waterline Flushing Schedule
The Worcester County Public Works Water and Wastewater Department at has announced its fall 2018 waterline flushing schedule for the Ocean Pines area. The program begins the week of Oct. 8. Click here to read more.

Public Works Yard Open on Saturdays
The Public Works Department in Ocean Pines will soon reopen its yard for residents to drop off yard debris such as leaves, branches, trimmings and brush, beginning Saturday, July 14. Click here to read more.

Paper Lawn Bags
Public Works and the Public Works yard will only accept paper bags for leaves and other yard debris. Thirty-gallon paper bags may be purchased at the Public Works building in bundles of five for $10.

Mosquito Dunks
Now available.  You can purchase Mosquito Dunks at Ocean Pines Public Works Office – A 6-pack for $10.

Stay abreast of current Ocean Pines projects.  Click here to learn more.

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Grounds, Drainage, Bulkheads, Maintenance, Compliance, Permitting and Inspections, and Facilities Management


The Ocean Pines Public Works Dept. is responsible for equipment and fleet maintenance, snow removal and the maintenance of 67 miles of roadways, 125 miles of storm water improvements, and 12 miles of canals. In addition it provides general maintenance on Ocean Pines facilities including the administration building, public works building and yards, community center, the clubhouse at Ocean Pines Golf Club, Beach Club, Yacht Club, two marinas, the Pine’eer crafts building, five swimming pools with accessory buildings, Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex, several basketball courts, two ball fields, a soccer field, several ponds, numerous other parks and playgrounds, and several miles of walking and biking paths.

The Ocean Pines Public Works Department is responsible for:
Drainage ditch cleaning and 125 miles of storm water improvements, 12 miles of canals (bulkhead replacement, buoys, aerators), along with several ponds, and maintenance of all Ocean Pines facilities. Other responsibilities include:

Grass cutting of ditches and easements throughout Ocean Pines (April – October)

Leaf removal (November – December: picking up bagged leaves and vacuuming up raked leaves from the drainage ditch)

Snow removal and the maintenance of 67 miles of roadways (potholes)

Did you know that on average, during rain storms, Public Works gets 50 phone calls a day in regards to drainage ditches? The department does its best to respond to these requests for service in a timely manner, but residents should understand that delays may inevitably occur.

The ditches in Ocean Pines are designed to hold water during storms so that yards and roads do not become flooded. Although it is sometimes alarming to see the water rise rapidly in these ditches during heavy rain, most ditches will dry within 24 hours after a rain. Ditch water that remains at high levels after the 24-hour period may signify a more serious problem and require a call to Public Works.

The Ocean Pines Public Works Department is not responsible for the provision of water and sanitary sewer services. Water and sanitary sewer services in Ocean Pines are provided by Worcester County. Questions regarding those services can be addressed by contacting Worcester County at (410) 632-5623.  Having problems with the water in your house? Need your water turned on/off for the season? The “mushroom” tank in your yard making a strange noise? Water bubbling up near the roadway? Stones coming loose after a fixed water pipe road cut (square cut in the road)? Wastewater coming up in your bathtub? All of these services are provided by Worcester County Water & Wastewater.

Trash pick-up: These services are provided by Republic Services. Please contact Republic Services directly at 410-749-1551 for questions about your trash pick-up.

Leaf Collection Options

The Public Works yard is open on Saturdays July 14 – November 17, 2018 from 8 am – 4 pm.

Bagged leaves will be collected by Ocean Pines Public Works for the 2018-19 fall and winter season beginning Monday, November 19. Bags will be picked up on days opposite from Republic Services’ collection days. Only paper bags will be accepted, and there is no limit to the number of bags that residents may place curbside. Thirty-gallon paper bags may be purchased at Public Works in bundles of five for $10.

Additionally, Public Works will vacuum ditch leaves that have been raked to the street beginning Nov. 19 until completed. Yard leaves that have been raked to the street will not be picked up. These leaves must be placed in paper bags for collection.

Ocean Pines residents may also bring leaves and yard debris in bulk or paper bags to the Public Works yard, located at 1 Firehouse Lane near the south station fire department. The yard will be open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. –3 p.m., Nov. 19 – Dec. 21. No contractor dumping or plastic bags will be permitted. There will be no collection or drop-off on Thursday, Nov. 22 or Friday, Nov. 23.

Current Republic Services customers may place up to four bags of leaves curbside for each scheduled pickup. This is in addition to regular trash pickup. Trash collection days for residents south of Route 90 are Tuesdays and Fridays. For residents north of Route 90, the collection days are Mondays and Thursdays. Republic Services will also pick up branches if they are tied in bundles no longer than 4 feet.

Residents with questions about leaf collection should contact Ocean Pines Public Works by calling 410-641-7425.

Where can I call if I have questions about signing up for Republic Services and curbside recycling?

Email or Call 410-749-1551 for questions about your account.  You can also learn more about Republic Services here.

Other Important Information

Call the State’s Safety and Environmental Hotline at 1-877-224-7229. This toll-free number is manned 24 hours for reports of fish kills, algae blooms, unsafe boating, illegal fishing or hunting, hazardous materials and oil spills, wetlands violations, and other statewide water issues.

View  Compliance Forms & Documents

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