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  • Lead in Drinking Water
    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 save water in your garden by planting less grass Shrubs and ground cover provide year round greenery with less water and maintenance Related Links Lead Maps Steps to Reduce Exposure Lead Pipe Program Lead Testing Centers Other Lead Sources Public Outreach Lead Resources Lead in Drinking Water Lead in Drinking Water Lead in drinking water although rarely the sole cause of lead poisoning can significantly increase a person s total lead exposure particularly the exposure of infants who drink baby formulas and concentrated juices that are mixed with water EPA estimates that drinking water can make up 20 or more of a person s total exposure to lead How Lead Enters Our Water Lead is unusual among drinking water contaminants in that it seldom occurs naturally in water supplies like rivers and lakes Lead enters drinking water primarily as a result of the corrosion or wearing away of materials containing lead in the water distribution system and household plumbing These materials include lead based solder used to join copper pipe brass and chrome plated brass faucets and in some cases pipes made of lead that connect your house to the water main service lines In 1986 Congress banned the use of lead solder containing greater than 0 2 lead and restricted the lead content of faucets pipes and other plumbing materials to 8 0 When water stands in lead pipes

    Original URL path: http://www.bwsc.org/COMMUNITY/lead/lead_drinking_water.asp (2016-05-01)
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  • Lead Service Map
    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 refill an 8oz glass of water 15 000 times for the same price as a six pack of soda Related Links Steps to Reduce Exposure Lead Pipe Replacement Program Lead Testing Centers Other Lead Sources Public Outreach Lead Resources Lead Service Map Lead Service Map 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 yellow properties within the City of Boston that have private lead service pipes If your property has a lead service pipe consider the following Owners of properties with lead service pipes can call the BWSC Lead Hotline at 617 989 7888 One two and three family homes may be eligible for BWSC s Lead Replacement Incentive Program Tenants whose building has a lead water service should contact their landlord or building manager Instructions Begin entering an address in the search box then select an address from the dropdown Properties

    Original URL path: http://www.bwsc.org/COMMUNITY/lead/leadmaps.asp (2016-05-01)
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  • Reducing Lead Exposure
    or cooking any time the water in a faucet has gone unused for more than six hours The longer water resides in your home s plumbing the more lead it may contain Flushing the tap means running the cold water faucet until the water gets noticeably colder usually about 15 30 seconds If your house has a lead service line to the water main you may have to flush the water for a longer time perhaps one minute before drinking Although toilet flushing or showering flushes water through a portion of your home s plumbing system you still need to flush the water in each faucet before using it for drinking or cooking To conserve water fill a couple of bottles for drinking water after flushing the tap and whenever possible use the first flush water to wash dishes or water plants If you live in a high rise building letting the water flow before using it may not lessen your risk from lead This is because high rise plumbing systems have more and sometimes larger pipes than smaller buildings Ask your landlord for help in locating the source of the lead and for advice on reducing the lead level 2 Use Only Cold Water for Cooking and Drinking Try not to cook with or drink water from the hot water tap Hot water can dissolve more lead more quickly than cold water If you need hot water draw water from the cold tap and heat it on the stove 3 Remove Loose Solder and Debris from Plumbing Materials Remove loose solder and debris from the plumbing materials installed in newly constructed homes or homes in which the plumbing has recently been replaced To do this remove the faucet strainers from all taps and run the water from 3 5 minutes Thereafter periodically remove the strainers and flush out any debris that has accumulated over time 4 Identify and Replace Lead Solder If your copper pipes are joined with lead solder that has been installed illegally since it was banned in 1986 notify the plumber who did the work and request that he or she replace the lead solder with lead free solder Lead solder looks dull gray and when scratched with a key looks shiny In addition notify the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection about the violation 5 Find Out Whether Your Service is Made of Lead Determine whether or not the service line that connects your home or apartment to the water main is made of lead EPA indicates that the best way to determine if your service line is made of lead is by either hiring a licensed plumber to inspect the line or by contacting the plumbing contractor who installed the line You can identify the plumbing contractor by checking the city s record of building permits which should be maintained in the files of the your local water department A licensed plumber can at the same time check to see if your home s plumbing

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  • Lead Testing Centers
    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 help prevent street flooding by keeping catch basins clear of leaves trash and other debris Related Links Steps to Reduce Exposure Lead Pipe Replacement Program Lead Service Maps Other Sources of Information Public Outreach Lead Resources Lead Testing Centers Lead Testing Centers The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection DEP certifies laboratories to analyze drinking potable and non drinking non potable water for certain contaminants You should verify that a laboratory s certification for lead analysis of drinking water is current when making your water sampling arrangements with a prospective laboratory Costs range from 15 00 to 80 00 Also you need to be aware that some laboratories may sell water treatment products and services or may be affiliated with other companies that offer such services Visit the MWRA to obtain a list of laboratories certified by DEP to analyze drinking water for lead The Massachusetts Department of Public Health DPH in Jamaica Plain will waive the cost of performing lead analysis of drinking water for any household in which it has been determined that a child s blood level is 20 micrograms per deciliter or greater The DPH laboratory may be contacted as follows The Massachusetts Department of Public Health State Laboratory Institute 305 South Street Jamaica Plain MA 02130 617 983 6653 or 617 983 6654 Recommendations for collecting water samples for lead analysis Contact testing center to obtain water sample bottles and instructions Water samples should be taken from a cold water faucet in the kitchen or bathroom where you mainly use the water for drinking or preparing foods Remove the aerator or strainer from faucet if one is installed the night before testing and run water for about 30 to 60 seconds The aerators or strainers should be left off until after the water samples are collected Avoid using any faucets or flushing toilets for about 6 to 12 hours before collecting samples to ensure that the water has been dormant in the plumbing unused for at least 6 hours It is best to collect a water sample early in the morning before preparing for work or school or if no one is home

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  • Other Lead Resources
    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 Every time you flush the toilet you use 5 7 gallons of water Related Links Steps to Reduce Exposure Lead Pipe Replacement Program Lead Testing Centers Public Outreach Lead Resources Other Lead Resources Other Lead Resources Your family doctor or pediatrician can perform a blood test for lead and provide you with information about the health effects of lead State and local government agencies that can be contacted include Boston Public Health Commission Boston Public Health Commission Lead Poisoning Prevention Informaion Massachusetts Water Resources Authority 617 242 5323 or www mwra com For information about your community s water

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  • BWSC Maps
    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

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  • Sanitary Sewer Overflows
    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 lower your water bill by fixing leaky faucets pipes toilets and only running dishwashers and washing machines when full Related Links Safety Advisory Report Illegal Dumping Service Termination Community Outreach Maps Sanitary Sewer Overflows Sanitary Sewer Overflows Boston Water and Sewer Commission maintains a vast system of sanitary sewers and stormwater drains designed to properly convey sanitary flows to the MWRA s Deer Island Treatment Facility and stormwater to receiving waters Over the past two decades the Commission has invested heavily in upgrading the system to increase capacity as well as separate combined sewers resulting in far reaching environmental benefits As the Commission s work progresses BWSC carefully monitors Sanitary Sewer Overflows SSOs Some SSOs occur when wet weather events cause inflows to exceed the collection capacity of the system producing an overflow of sanitary sewerage SSOs can also occur during dry weather events due to a variety of causes including blockages and structural failures The map

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  • Hydrants/Catch Basins
    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 If you harvest leaves twigs and other yard waste into a pile in a corner of your yard in the fall months by the spring it will transform into a rich dark soil like material that can nourish plants and improve the soil texture of your garden Related Links Safety Advisory Report Illegal Dumping Service Termination Public Outreach Maps Hydrant Catch Basin Locator Hydrant Catch Basin Locator Use this Map to locate fire hydrants and catch basins in your neighborhood Become a steward of the environment and help to reduce local street flooding during storms by clearing debris or snow from the tops of catch basins For more information download our Keep Catch Basins Clear brochure Help to keep fire hydrants visible by removing snow during the winter Report open fire hydrants For more information download our Protect Your Neighborhood brochure Report open fire hydrants Loss of water is costly and shared by every paying customer For more information download Report Open Fire Hydrants Instructions To locate hydrants and catch basins in your area Enter your address in the search box then select

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