Itís important to keep sidewalks in front of homes and businesses clear of ice and snow to avoid falls and injury. To avoid flood and traffic accidents, do not shovel snow from driveways and sidewalks into the street.
Boston Water and Sewer Commissionís (BWSC) stormwater system is a separate system that collects water from stormwater runoff and discharges it into receiving waters, untreated, around Boston. The system consists of approximately 424 miles of storm drain, 201 storm drain outfalls and 19,708 storm drains or catch basins.
Discharges to BWSCís storm drainage system are regulated under US. Environmental Protection Agencyís (EPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES) Stormwater Permit Regulations. Under the permit, BWSC is required to develop and implement stormwater pollution prevention and management programs that are designed to reduce the discharge of pollutants to the storm drainage system.
As rainwater and snowmelt runs over the ground, it picks up pollutants and debris that have been carelessly or illegally deposited onto our streets or directly into the storm drains. To prevent this from happening, this section will offer pollution control methods for:
Learn what pollutants are commonly found on our streets and how to prevent them for entering the storm drains. Also learn what to do with used motor oil, gasoline, antifreeze, cleaning agents, pesticides and paint.
Business owners have a responsibility for all pollutants leaving their property, including contaminated stormwater. This section provides guidelines for you and your employees can do to prevent pollutants from getting into the streets and storm drains.
As stormwater flows over a construction site, it picks up pollutants that are transported into drainage system. In addition, uncontrolled erosion can have a significant financial impact on a construction project. This section will help you determine if you need a stormwater discharge permit or other permits for your construction activity.
Calling all dog owners!!! The City of Bostonís dog fouling ordinance, also called the Pooper Scooper Law, requires that dog owners remove and properly dispose of dog feces. Learn why it is important to be a responsible dog owner.
Remember, 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.
If you see a storm drain that is clogged with debris, report it to BWSC for cleaning (617-989-7000).