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Wastewater Pollution Prevention

When we use water for washing, cooking, cleaning or flushing, it goes down the drain and into underground sewer pipes. From Boston, it goes to a waste water treatment plant on Deer Island where the water is cleaned. Then the clean water is released into the harbor miles away from shore.

But sometimes pipes can get blocked and break inside our homes or in our yards. Blockages because of cooled Fats, Oil and, Grease (FOG), wipes in pipes and other blockages can cause sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). SSOs are backups in either the public sewer or residential plumbing. Then, there can be discharge, a spill, or release of untreated sewage into the environment or on our property. Untreated sewage is dangerous, because it contains bacteria and other hazardous microorganisms. Touching or walking through contaminated areas can bring germs into clean areas of your home. The health of our children and our pets is especially at risk.

What Can We Do?

Bostonís storm drain system connects directly to local waterways. You can help prevent pollution!

Let's make sure we get rid of fats, oils, and grease (FOG) the right way. We should never pour FOG down a drain because it could cause clogs and breaks in pipes. If we throw wipes into the trash and not down the toilet, we can prevent clogs and breaks as well.

Taking steps to protect the pipes that are inside and outside of our homes and businesses is a great first step in preventing pollution caused by sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs).

HISTORY of Boston's Sewer System

PRESENT DAY Boston's Sewer System

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