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.
Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) designed this section to educate you about our environment and all the neat things you can do to protect our water, the planet’s most valuable resource! Click one of the picture icons on the right to enter the many areas of interest within the Kids’ Corner. In addition, the BWSC and the American Water Works Association (AWWA), through the “Only Tap Water Delivers” campaign provides a number of educational materials. Click the links below for coloring pages, crossword puzzles, pictures, interesting water facts, word games and other fun things.
Only Tap Water Delivers is a campaign to educate the general public about the benefits of tap water. Tap water is the water that exists in your faucet. It is delivered to homes and businesses through a series of connected underground water pipes. These pipes are also called infrastructure. Boston Water and Sewer Commission is responsible for keeping the infrastructure working and delivering quality water to Boston for drinking, fire protection and other uses.