If using rain barrels under downspouts to collect rain water for your garden, use a lid, mesh fabric, or several drops of baby oil on the surface of the water to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) Hydrant Meter Permits are available for construction purposes. The rental charge for a 90 day period is $50.00. Water usage is additional. It is also subject to sewer charge if the water returns to the sewer system. A deposit of $750.00 is required for the permit.
BWSC’s meter must be returned to BWSC at the end of the 90-day period for reading and billing purposes. If the customer requires extended use of the hydrant meter, a new permit can be issued for an additional 90 days with another deposit of $750.00. To obtain a Hydrant Meter Permit, or for more information, please contact BWSC’s Metering Department at 617-989-7138.