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  • Conservation
    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 In 1848 Lake Cochituate in Natick was utilized as Boston s second surface water supply to meet the needs of the city s growing population Related Links Lead About BWSC FAQs Rainfall Downspout Video Public Outreach Conservation

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  • Conservation Tips
    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 The toilet is the single biggest water user in your home Flushing a regular toilets uses 5 to 7 gallons per flush which accounts for about 38 more than one third of the water used in your home each day By replacing an old regular model toilet with a new low flow toilet you can automatically and permanently reduce your home water consumption by 25 The new low flow toilets which are now installed per the building code use only 1 5 gallons per flush So if you still have a regular toilet think about replacing it with a new low flow If you cannot replace your toilet 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 a 1 6 gallon toilet Be sure not to interfere with the flushing mechanism Note do not use bricks as they might disintegrate And finally don t use your toilet at a wastepaper basket It just wastes water and money 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 cause 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 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 Leaky Pipes Check under sinks behind your washing machines and around basement plumbing for suspicious looking wet areas Leaks not only waste water they could be damaging your walls floors and ceilings Dishwashers and Washing Machines Use your dishwashers and washing machines for full loads only Newer energy and water efficient models are available When selecting new appliances check the water and energy efficiency ratings in the manufacturer s specifications or consumer magazines and look for the Energy Star label Personal Habits that Conserve Water We all use water on a daily basis Here are a few tips that conserve our water Shut off the water 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

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  • Conservation Kits
    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 After a snow storm you should shovel the snow away from fire hydrants in front of your home or business This will greatly help the Fire Department in the event of an emergency when response time is crucial Related Links Kit Installation Guide Storm Drain Stenciling

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  • Pollution Prevention
    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 A Watershed is a term used to describe the area drained by a river and its tributaries Related Links Storm Drain Stenciling Scoop The Poop Kid s Corner Educational Resources Conservation Tips Conservation Kits Public Outreach Pollution Prevention Pollution Prevention and Storm Drains Stormwater Outfall Boston Water and Sewer Commission s BWSC stormwater system is a separate system that collects water from stormwater runoff and discharges it into receiving waters untreated around Boston The system consists of approximately 424 miles of storm drain 201 storm drain outfalls and 19 708 storm drains or catch basins Discharges to BWSC s storm drainage system are regulated under US Environmental Protection Agency s EPA National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems NPDES Stormwater Permit Regulations Under the permit BWSC is required to develop and implement stormwater pollution prevention and management programs that are designed to reduce the discharge of pollutants to the storm drainage system As rainwater and snowmelt runs over the ground it picks up pollutants and debris that have been carelessly or illegally deposited onto our streets or directly into the storm drains To prevent this from happening this section will offer pollution control methods for For Residents Learn what pollutants are commonly found on our streets

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  • About Stormwater
    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 Due to consistent structural improvements BWSC experiences one of the lowest rates of water main breaks for a large utility in the country Related Links Storm Drain Stenciling Scoop The Poop Kid s Corner Educational Resources Conservation Kits Conservation Tips Public Outreach Pollution Prevention Stormwater About Stormwater Following a rain or snow event stormwater flows through yards down driveways over streets and into catch basins Catch basins are the grates on the sides of streets and they connect to the storm drain system which conveys the water untreated into our local waterways including Boston Harbor and the Charles Neponset and Mystic Rivers The storm drain system is not connected to any treatment system including the sewer system As stormwater travels into the catch basins it flushes pesticides fertilizers pet waste trash and debris automotive fluids motor oil and other pollutants into the storm drain system

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  • Pollution Prevention For Residents
    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 After a snow storm you should shovel the snow away from fire hydrants in front of your home or business This will greatly help the Fire Department in the event of an emergency when response time is crucial Related Links Storm Drain Stenciling Scoop The Poop Kid s Corner Educational Resources Conservation Kits Conservation Tips Public Outreach Pollution Prevention For Residents Pollution Prevention for Residents Catch Basin Storm drains also known as catch basins are the gateway to the stormwater system beneath our streets Boston Water and Sewer Commission s BWSC stormwater system is a separate system that collects rain water and snowmelt from rooftops and pavement and discharges this runoff without treatment into the nearest receiving water As stormwater runs over the ground it picks up pollutants and debris that have been carelessly or illegally deposited onto our streets or directly into the storm drains These pollutants include used motor oil gasoline antifreeze cleaning agents pesticides or fertilizers and paint Debris commonly found in storm drains include pet waste cigarette butts yard clippings and sand In addition car washing and lawn watering can also contribute to pollution of the waterways Here are some things you can do to prevent pollutants from entering the storm drains Never pour any hazardous materials into

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  • Pollution Prevention For Businesses
    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 A hose that does not have a shut off nozzle can waste up to 10 gallons per minute Related Links Storm Drain Stenciling Scoop The Poop Kid s Corner Educational Resources Conservation Kits Conservation Tips Public Outreach Pollution Prevention For Businesses Pollution Prevention for Business Property owners are responsible and liable for all pollutants leaving their property This includes stormwater which enters the storm drain also known as catch basins that is contaminated Common pollutants generated by businesses such as automotive and food and beverage establishment include used motor oil antifreeze fertilizers and pesticides sand dirt litter paint cooking oil and cigarette butts Boston Water and Sewer Commission BWSC has prepared the attached brochure Stormwater Management for Businesses which provides suggestions for these businesses to prevent pollution from getting onto the streets into storm drains and ultimately into our rivers and harbor Some of these suggestions include Proper disposal of all pollutants If you are unsure as to how

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  • Pollution Prevention for Construction
    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 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 Storm Drain Stenciling Scoop The Poop Kid s Corner Educational Resources Conservation Tips Conservation Kits Public Outreach Pollution Prevention For Construction Pollution Prevention for Construction Owners developers or general contractors are responsible for stormwater management on their construction sites Stormwater runoff is rain or snow melt

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