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  • Service Fee Notes
    two family residence and outbuildings a fee of twenty five dollars for land upon which is situated no more than a three family residence with outbuildings a fee of twenty five dollars for land upon which is situated a residence for four or more families a fee of one hundred dollars for land upon which is situated a commercial industrial or public utility structure a fee of one hundred and fifty dollars for farms forest land and all other real property a fee of fifty dollars In no case shall the fee exceed one half of one percent of the assessed value of the real estate 2 Cross Connection Inspection Fee Annual inspection is required for all double check valve assembly type backflow prevention devices All other types require semi annual inspection 2a Administrative Processing Fee Where hazardous and potentially life threatening conditions exist in a commercial building requiring a cross connection inspection the property owner after Commission pre approval may engage the services of a MDEP certified cross connection inspector to perform the requisite inspection After completion of the inspection and receipt of the report the Commission will assess an administrative fee to process the mandatory paperwork required by law 3 Water Pipe Inspection For inspections that take place during regular work hours will be charged 245 00 inspections done outside regularly scheduled work hours overtime will be charged 292 00 inspections that are done on Sundays or holidays will be charged 339 00 per connection or disconnection 4 Multi day Inspection Assessed daily while providing water and sewer inspection services on construction projects of one or more day s duration 5 Water Turn off Not applicable if account was terminated for non payment of charges included in Termination Notice Fee 6 Water Turn on Applicable to any account requesting water turn on services 7 Termination Notice Fee Charge for mailing and posting final termination notice and demand for payment pursuant to the Billing Termination and Appeal Regulations of the Commission 8 Temporary Connection Hydrant Permit The Commission currently requires a 750 00 deposit for hydrant meters issued to private contractors The deposits are refundable upon return of hydrants less any usage fees or charges for damage to the meter On occasion a hydrant meter is not returned to the Commission because it has been lost stolen or misplaced Other times a hydrant meter may be returned with a broken damaged or frozen insert that causes it to under register or not register water consumption at all In both these instances the Commission is unable to calculate the amount of water used Staff recommends that a standard 400 00 water usage fee be applied in these circumstances Hydrant Meter Replacement Cost Check Valve 100 00 Hose Cap Reducer 2 ½ x ¾ 100 00 Hose Nipple 150 00 Hydrant Cap 235 00 Meter Insert 500 00 Hydrant Meter 930 00 Hydrant Wrench 100 00 9 Special Meter Test No charge if meter is over registering based on American Water

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  • Commercial Property
    Permits Hydrant Meter Permits Stormwater Permits For Construction For Industrial Use Mark out Request Regulations April 30 2016 We Are All Connected Education Lead Resources Conservation Pollution Prevention Neighborhood Site Visits Rainfall Data Water Theft Safety Advisory Currents Newsletter We Are All Connected Stormwater Pollution Prevention Stormwater Commercial Stormwater Commercial We Are All Connected Wastewater Tap Water Stormwater What Can We Do Stormwater Commercial Pollutants When it rains or snows anything on the ground including chemicals pesticides fertilizers pet waste automotive fluids motor oil and other pollutants can flow over driveways parking lots sidewalks and streets in our neighborhoods then into the storm drain system which flows into our brooks rivers ponds and into Boston Harbor These pollutants can be harmful to water quality and the environment Owners and renters of commercial spaces have a responsibility to help prevent stormwater pollution by cleaning up trash including cigarette butts food and beverage containers and chemicals found near their business There are ways to safely get rid of unused chemicals motor oil antifreeze fertilizers pesticides and paint so that these chemicals do not end up dumped onto the ground or into a catch basin What Can We Do Here are some suggestions to help all of us take action to prevent stormwater pollution in the communities where we do business We can Sweep outdoor areas and throw debris including leaves into the trash can not into a catch basin Do not use detergents or chemical cleaners to hose down areas and be sure to direct the runoff away from the catch basin Put trash cans and cigarette receptacle in highly trafficked visible areas including employee break areas Keep the area around dumpsters clean and the lids closed Place them away from catch basins Make sure the clean out plug is properly secured

    Original URL path: http://www.bwsc.org/WAAC/SW/SW_Commercial.asp (2016-05-01)
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  • Resources\Get Involved
    Abatement Sewer Lateral Downspout Disconnection Grease Trap Guidelines Metering Meter Testing Meter Replacement Meter Readings Sub Metering FAQs Contact Us Public Outreach We Are All Connected Education Kids Corner Storm Drain Stenciling Educational Resources National Drinking Water Week Lead Resources Sources of Lead Lead in Drinking Water Lead Service Map Reducing Lead Exposure Lead Testing Centers Other Lead Resources Maps Lead Service Sanitary Sewer Overflows Hydrants Catch Basins Conservation Conservation Tips Conservation Kits Pollution Prevention Stormwater For Residents For Businesses For Construction Scoop the Poop Fats Oils Grease Grease Lids Sanitary Sewer Overflow Prevent SSOs Report a SSO Cleanup Procedures Neighborhood Site Visits Rainfall Data Garden Water Calculator Water Theft Safety Currents Newsletter Projects Construction Projects Project Lookup North End Reserved Channel Citywide Illegals Preventative Maintenance Water Main Flushing Catch Basin Cleaning Doing Business Proposals Bids Bid Requirements Invitation For Bid Request For Proposals Bidder s List MBE WBE Research Connection Repairs Account Reactivation Demolition New Construction Permitting Dewatering Permits Hydrant Meter Permits Stormwater Permits For Construction For Industrial Use Mark out Request Regulations April 30 2016 We Are All Connected Education Lead Resources Conservation Pollution Prevention Neighborhood Site Visits Rainfall Data Water Theft Safety Advisory Currents Newsletter Quick Links Customer Service Change of Ownership Your Account Lien Certificate FAQs Forms and Permits General Service Application Hydrant Meter Dewatering New Construction Programs Sewer Lateral Leak Up To Owner Lead Service Replacement Currents Newsletter Hours of Operation Location Directions Proposals and Bids Departments Report a Problem Water Quality Report Stormwater Pollution Prevention Resources Get Involved Resources Get Involved Stormwater Pollution Prevention Residential Property Commercial Property Resources Get Involved Printed Materials View the BWSC Newsletter Currents Scoop the Poop How to keep neighborhoods free of pet waste Don t Dump Household Hazardous Waste Hazardous Waste Drop Off Days Recycle Motor Oil and

    Original URL path: http://www.bwsc.org/COMMUNITY/SWPP/SW_Resources.asp (2016-05-01)
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  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Form
    Lead Service Replacement Sewer Abatement Sewer Lateral Downspout Disconnection Grease Trap Guidelines Metering Meter Testing Meter Replacement Meter Readings Sub Metering FAQs Contact Us Public Outreach We Are All Connected Education Kids Corner Storm Drain Stenciling Educational Resources National Drinking Water Week Lead Resources Sources of Lead Lead in Drinking Water Lead Service Map Reducing Lead Exposure Lead Testing Centers Other Lead Resources Maps Lead Service Sanitary Sewer Overflows Hydrants Catch Basins Conservation Conservation Tips Conservation Kits Pollution Prevention Stormwater For Residents For Businesses For Construction Scoop the Poop Fats Oils Grease Grease Lids Sanitary Sewer Overflow Prevent SSOs Report a SSO Cleanup Procedures Neighborhood Site Visits Rainfall Data Garden Water Calculator Water Theft Safety Currents Newsletter Projects Construction Projects Project Lookup North End Reserved Channel Citywide Illegals Preventative Maintenance Water Main Flushing Catch Basin Cleaning Doing Business Proposals Bids Bid Requirements Invitation For Bid Request For Proposals Bidder s List MBE WBE Research Connection Repairs Account Reactivation Demolition New Construction Permitting Dewatering Permits Hydrant Meter Permits Stormwater Permits For Construction For Industrial Use Mark out Request Regulations April 30 2016 Location Directions Hours of Operation Departments Organization Water Sewer Systems Present Day Water Systems Present Day Sewer System Commissioners

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  • Tap Water Residential
    can reduce the flow to 1 5 to 2 5 gallons per minute Without the aerators the faucet uses 3 to 7 gallons per minute Installing a faucet aerator is a simple procedure that can reduce your water usage Some showerheads may still use 3 to 7 gallons or more per minute If you have not installed a showerhead which uses 1 5 gallons or less you are missing an excellent way to save water and energy without sacrificing the benefits of a satisfying shower Other Things We Can Do Check under sinks behind washing machines and around basement plumbing for suspicious looking wet areas Leaks not only waste water they could be damaging walls floors and ceilings Use dishwashers and washing machines for full loads only Shut the water off when brushing your teeth shaving or doing dishes This can waste gallons of water Take shorter showers and don t fill the bathtub to the top when bathing Keep a jug of drinking water in the refrigerator to avoid running water until it is cold enough to drink When we eat out let s say no thanks to the glass of water if we won t drink it Outside of our Homes Outside our homes if we water our lawn when it s windy water will go everywhere except the lawn Let s check our sprinkler to make sure it is aimed at the lawn and not the street or sidewalk Use a trigger nozzle on hoses so that when you do not use the hose the water will be turned off Click for more information A good way to find out if it s time to water your lawn is to step on it If it springs back up no watering is needed If it remains flat it is time to water The best time to water lawns is early morning 4 to 6 AM Watering in the middle of the day will mean the water may not soak in and could kill the grass Don t water when it is windy Water will go everywhere except on the lawn Make sure that the sprinkler is aimed at the lawn and not the street or sidewalk Use a trigger nozzle on outside hoses When you are not using the hose the water will be turned off The blades on your lawn mower should be set to 2 3 inches or more Longer grass keeps more moisture because it shades the roots Longer grass also helps roots grow deeper needs less fertilizer and competes better against weeds Aeration or poking holes in the lawn helps water soak in and stay in the soil This should be done in the spring and fall Garden and Flower Care Mulch helps water remain in the soil and cuts down on weeds that could compete with plants for moisture Shrubs flowers and vegetables that need lots of moisture should be planted near each other to save water ALSO plan gardens and plantings based

    Original URL path: http://www.bwsc.org/WAAC/TW/TW_Residential.asp (2016-05-01)
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  • Tap Water Commercial
    for invisible leaks place a few drops of food coloring or a dye table into the toilet s tank Wait about 10 to 15 minutes do not flush and if the coloring appears in the bowl you have a leaky toilet To repair this the flush valve flapper or the valve seat may need to be cleaned or replaced Parts are inexpensive and easy to install If you cannot replace the toilets in your building consider reducing the volume of each flush by placing a toilet dam or a water filled plastic bottle weighted with gravel in the tank if you have not already installed 1 6 gallon toilets Be sure not to interfere with the flushing mechanism Note do not use bricks as they might disintegrate Faucets and Showerheads A faucet or showerhead that drips just two tablespoons per minute can waste 15 gallons per day which is 105 gallons per week or 5 460 gallons per year So remember to fix those leaky faucets or showerheads Worn out washers are the main causes of most dripping faucets or showerheads They are inexpensive and easy to install Faucet aerators that mix air with tap water can reduce the flow to 1 5 to 2 5 gallons per minute Without the aerators the faucet uses 3 to 7 gallons per minute Installing a faucet aerator is a simple procedure that can reduce your water usage Some showerheads may still use 3 to 7 gallons or more per minute If you have not installed a showerhead that uses 1 5 gallons or less you are missing out on an excellent way to save water and energy without sacrificing the benefits of a satisfying shower Leaky Pipes Check under sinks behind washing machines and around basement plumbing for suspicious looking wet areas Leaks not only waste water they could be damaging walls floors and ceilings Lawn Care Water lawns only when needed A good way to find out if it s time to water is to step on it If it springs back up no watering is needed If it remains flat it is time to water The best time to water lawns is early morning 4 to 6 AM Watering in the middle of the day will mean the water may not soak in and could leave grass open to disease from mildew and fungus Don t water when it is windy Water will go everywhere not on the lawn Make sure that the sprinkler is aimed at the lawn and not the street or sidewalk Use a trigger nozzle on outside hoses When you are not using the hose the water will be turned off The blades on you mower should be set to 2 3 inches or more Longer grass keeps more moisture because it shades the roots Longer grass also helps a root grow deeper needs less fertilizer and competes better against weeds There are ways to poke holes in lawn to help water soak in and stay

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  • Wastewater Commercial
    can damage the property and whatever is inside the building Clean up and repairs could cost property owners high repair bills and be a danger to our health What Causes Sanitary Sewer Overflows SSO A blocked or collapsed private sewer lateral Putting Fats Oils and Grease FOG down drains that creates blockages in sewer lines or internal plumbing Putting other things down the drain such as baby wipes or rags that blocks sewer lines or internal plumbing Blockages or breaks in the sewer lines or in the plumbing inside a building Sometimes heavy rainfall can cause an inflow of stormwater into sewer lines Reporting SSOs To report a sanitary sewer overflow SSO or sewer backup call BWSC s 24 Hour Emergency Service Line at 617 989 7000 If there is a SSO in your home or business Avoid contact with the overflow Report any SSO to BWSC Use caution while cleaning an overflow or contact a professional cleaning contractor See Cleanup Procedures after a Sewer Backup for more information Clean Up Procedures After the cause of the sanitary sewer overflow SSO or sewer backup is fixed we should remember the most important cleanup steps air out the environment and save any valuable property The longer sewage is allowed to stay on or in our property the bigger chance for health problems to our tenants merchandise and ourselves Building owners may decide to use a professional cleaning service Search online or in the phone book for Water Damage Fire Restoration or Mold Abatement to find cleaning companies It is recommended that building owners check the company s references and determine that the company is insured Cleanup Procedures after a Sewer Backup Steps to Reduce Health Risks Remove any excess water from the property by using pumps wet vacs or by mopping Pump excess sewage back into the unobstructed sewer lateral or into a vacuum truck for removal Do not pump sewage outside or into the catch basins in the street Use dehumidifiers and active ventilation when available Collect and dispose of all contaminated materials Discard or clean contaminated furniture and mattresses Wash and disinfect affected areas with a solution of one quarter cup household bleach to one gallon of water What Can We Do We all can prevent blocked pipes and SSOs Many things we put down drains and flush down toilets do not belong in our pipes and can cause leaks and breaks in our pipes Fats Oils and Grease FOG in Restaurants and Food Establishments Cooking fats oils and grease that gets washed off cooking appliances and kitchenware can end up causing problems in building drains and BWSC sewers BWSC s regulations governing the use of sanitary and combined sewers and storm drains require we properly install and maintain grease traps in all restaurants and food establishments in our City Grease traps need to be cleaned so they work correctly Let s keep FOG out of pipes Types of Grease Traps Grease traps are devices placed on kitchen cleaning

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