Before 1795, Boston residents obtained their water from local wells, rain barrels, and a spring on the Boston Common.
Property owners are responsible and liable for all pollutants leaving their property. This includes stormwater which enters the storm drain, also known as catch basins, that is contaminated. Common pollutants generated by businesses such as automotive and food and beverage establishment include used motor oil, antifreeze, fertilizers and pesticides, sand, dirt, litter, paint, cooking oil and cigarette butts. Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) has prepared the attached brochure, Stormwater Management for Businesses, which provides suggestions for these businesses to prevent pollution from getting onto the streets, into storm drains and ultimately into our rivers and harbor.
Some of these suggestions include:
If you see a storm drain that is clogged with debris, report it to BWSC for cleaning (617-989-7000).
Dumping any material into the storm drains is illegal with fines up to $5,000 per day of violation. If you observe someone dumping into a storm drain, report it immediately to BWSC at 617-989-7000.