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.
Prior to 1950, lead was commonly used in the manufacture and installation of water service pipes and some private water service lines are made of lead. If too much lead enters your body, it can pose significant health risks, especially to children. For more information, refer to our Sources of Lead page.
The following map indicates, in red, properties within the City of Boston that have private lead service pipes. If your property has a lead service pipe, consider the following:
For more information on the health risks of lead, see our Lead in Drinking Water brochure.
DISCLAIMER: The maps provided by the Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) are based on property surveys conducted during the installation of the Automated Meter Reading system, as well as information directly provided by customers and acquired during physical inspections. BWSC does not guarantee the accuracy of these records and maps, which shall be used for the sole purpose of providing property owners and residents with information regarding their private water services, and not for any commercial, legal or other use. These records will be updated on a monthly basis, or at such alternate times as BWSC designates. BWSC reserves the right to alter, amend or terminate at any time the display of these maps and records.