Most catch basins connect to storm drains that discharge the runoff without treatment to the nearest brook, river, pond or ocean. The dumping of any material such as motor oil, paint, yard clippings, pet waste and sand into a catch basin can pollute the waterways, and is illegal.
It’s never too early or too late to start learning about water, our most precious natural resource. The Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) is committed to protecting and conserving this resource by promoting awareness of water issues. In addition, BWSC is also concerned with preventing pollution of the environment. You can play a key role in helping to educate yourself and others by taking advantage of the following educational resources or programs. This section provides assistance to young people, parents and teachers to work together for a better environment.
This section provides both fun and educational activities for children of all ages and their parents and teachers. It contains a number of downloadable coloring pages, puzzles, water facts and other fun things.
Working with young people in schools as well as with neighborhood groups, BWSC’s Storm Drain Stenciling Program is designed to inform people that much of what is dumped onto our streets ends up in our rivers, beaches and harbor. Find out what “don’t dump, drains to . . . “ really means and how you can get involved.
This section contains a listing of activity books and resources available to Boston school teachers for grades K-12. In addition, BWSC maintains a modest listing of books on water and wastewater issues.