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  • We Are All Connected
    Pipe Fees Programs Leak up to Owner 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 We Are All Connected Education Lead Resources Conservation Pollution Prevention Neighborhood Site

    Original URL path: http://www.bwsc.org/WAAC/WAAC.asp (2016-05-01)
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  • Education
    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 Customer Login Account Number Access Number Need help logging in Public Notices Water Main Flushing Notice Beacon Hill Project Update Customer Safety Alert Bill Information Customer Rights BWSC RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS AWARD Request FREE Grease Can Lid Sewer Lateral Bonded Contractor List Bonded Contractors Full List Did You Know Cloudy tap water also known as white water is caused by air bubbles It is completely harmless The best thing to do is let tap water sit in an open container until the bubbles naturally disappear Related Links Lead in Water About BWSC FAQs Rainfall Public Outreach Education Education 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

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  • Kids' Corner
    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 Customer Login Account Number Access Number Need help logging in Public Notices Water Main Flushing Notice Beacon Hill Project Update Customer Safety Alert Bill Information Customer Rights BWSC RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS AWARD Request FREE Grease Can Lid Sewer Lateral Bonded Contractor List Bonded Contractors Full List Did You Know For your convenience BWSC s Customer Service Department is open until 7 00 PM on Wednesdays Related Links Storm Drain Stenciling Scoop The Poop Educational Resources Pollution Prevention Conservation Kits Conservation Tips Public Outreach Education Kids Corner Kids Corner Coloring Pages Puzzles Water Facts 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

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  • Storm Drain Stenciling
    15 persons ages 8 and up can participate During this activity participants will learn about the storm drainage system what a storm drain is and how the storm drains also known as catch basins in the street work They will learn about some common pollutants and how improper disposal of these pollutants can affect our waterways Neponset River Mystic River Charles River and Boston Harbor They will also help prevent pollution by stenciling a warning on catch basins that flow directly into waterways or the harbor But most of all it is fun Background Stormwater rain and melted snow is directed into the storm drainage system in the streets Unlike sanitary wastewater from our homes stormwater does not require treatment and it is discharged into our waterways and the harbor BWSC s storm drainage system consists of approximately 424 miles of storm drain 201 storm drain outfalls and 19 708 catch basins While catch basins prevent many pollutants from entering a storm drain pipe some pollutants such as motor oil and pet waste can enter a drain and flow directly into our waterways or the harbor These pollutants can seriously harm aquatic life and degrade water quality resulting in beach closures and restricted use of rivers and the harbor Purpose In an effort to stop this unnecessary and harmful pollution of Boston s precious water resources BWSC initiated the Storm Drain Stenciling Program BWSC works with local schools neighborhood groups and environmental groups to organize and participate in this program Participants stencil a Don t Dump message next to catch basins using non toxic paint This message alerts potential polluters to the fact that what they dump goes directly into one of our rivers or the harbor This message makes people think twice and dispose of their waste in a responsible manner Get Involved If you would like to initiate a group stenciling event in your school or neighborhood hosted by BWSC you must have 10 to 15 people ages 8 and up BWSC requires at least 2 weeks notice Please contact Jeanne Richardson Community Services Department at 617 989 7000 If however you need to organize a group quickly or during non business hours BWSC has developed the Stencil on Your Own Program This program is often organized by large groups and is implemented as an environmental or community service for a particular group The group leaders receive a package containing instructions supplies and a map of the basins to be stenciled To learn more about this program contact Jeanne Richardson at Community Services Department 617 989 7000 Common Pollutants Motor oil Used motor oil in particular is a significant polluter Petroleum hydrocarbons and heavy metals found in used motor oil pose a direct threat to fish and other aquatic species Each year Americans illegally dispose of over 200 million gallons of used motor oil which is equal to 19 Exxon Valdez oil spills In Massachusetts it is estimated that 3 6 million gallons of used motor oil are

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  • Educational Resources
    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 Customer Login Account Number Access Number Need help logging in Public Notices Water Main Flushing Notice Beacon Hill Project Update Customer Safety Alert Bill Information Customer Rights BWSC RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS AWARD Request FREE Grease Can Lid Sewer Lateral Bonded Contractor List Bonded Contractors Full List Did You Know You can tell if your toilet leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in your tank Do not flush If color appears in your bowl within 10 15 minutes you have a leak Related Links Storm Drain Stenciling Scoop The Poop Kid s Corner Pollution Prevention Conservation Kits Conservation Tips Public Outreach Education Educational Resources Educational Resources Educational resources are a powerful tool Boston Water and Sewer Commission BWSC has designed this section for young people parents and teachers It contains lists of resources that can be downloaded It also provides information on National Drinking Water Week which is celebrated every year during

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  • National Drinking Water Week
    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 Customer Login Account Number Access Number Need help logging in Public Notices Water Main Flushing Notice Beacon Hill Project Update Customer Safety Alert Bill Information Customer Rights BWSC RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS AWARD Request FREE Grease Can Lid Sewer Lateral Bonded Contractor List Bonded Contractors Full List Did You Know On average Boston s residents workers and visitors use about 71 million gallons of water every day Related Links Lead in Water About BWSC FAQs Rainfall Public Outreach Education National Drinking Water Week Each year BWSC and

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  • Lead Resources
    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 Customer Login Account Number Access Number Need help logging in Public Notices Water Main Flushing Notice Beacon Hill Project Update Customer Safety Alert Bill Information Customer Rights BWSC RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS AWARD Request FREE Grease Can Lid Sewer Lateral Bonded Contractor List Bonded Contractors Full List Did You Know The optimal depth in a birdbath is two and a half inches Related Links Lead Maps Steps to Reduce Exposure Lead Pipe Program Lead Testing Centers Other Lead Sources

    Original URL path: http://www.bwsc.org/COMMUNITY/lead/lead_toc.asp (2016-05-01)
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  • Sources of Lead
    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 Customer Login Account Number Access Number Need help logging in Public Notices Water Main Flushing Notice Beacon Hill Project Update Customer Safety Alert Bill Information Customer Rights BWSC RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS AWARD Request FREE Grease Can Lid Sewer Lateral Bonded Contractor List Bonded Contractors Full List Did You Know The first water pipes in the US were made of fire charred or bored logs Related Links Lead Maps Steps to Reduce Exposure Lead Pipe Program Lead Testing Centers Other Lead Sources Public Outreach Lead Resources Sources of Lead Sources of Lead Lead is Everywhere Whether you live in an apartment or single family home in an old or new neighborhood lead is in your environment It can be found in lead based paint soil household dust food tap water and certain types of pottery porcelain and pewter Lead can pose a risk to your health if too much of it enters the body Most cases of lead poisoning are from contact with peeling lead paint and lead paint dust While lead in tap water is rarely the single cause of lead poisoning it can increase a person s total lead exposure particularly in infants who drink baby formula or concentrated juices that are mixed with water The water provided by the Boston Water and Sewer Commission BWSC and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority MWRA is lead free when it leaves the reservoirs MWRA and local distribution pipes of the BWSC that carry the water are made mostly of iron and steel and therefore do not add lead to water However lead can get into tap water through home service piping lead solder used in plumbing and some brass fixtures The corrosion or wearing away of these lead based materials can add lead to tap water particularly if water sits for a long time in the pipes before use To monitor lead levels MWRA and BWSC test tap water in homes in the City of Boston Under EPA regulations homes that are likely to have high lead levels usually older homes which may have lead service lines or lead solder must be tested after water has been sitting overnight The EPA rule requires that 90 of these worst case samples must have lead levels below the EPA Action Level of 15 parts per billion ppb Although most homes have very low levels of lead in their drinking water some homes may have lead levels above the Action Level of 15 ppb For more information see our Lead in Drinking Water English Spanish Vietnamese Haitian Creole To find out if your property in Boston has a private lead service line use the Lead Service Map to locate property and identify if records indicate a lead service

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