Did you know that leaves blocking storm drains can cause flooding, create safety concerns for motorists and residents and lead to unnecessary water pollution? Please bag, mulch or compost your leaves and do not rake leaves into the street. Residents are encouraged to clear leaves from any storm drain in front of your house. If you need to request a drain be cleared, please call the Water & Sewer Department at 617-730-2170.
Leaves are an important part of the natural environment. Left on the land, leaves decompose, feeding your plants and enriching your soil. Unfortunately, when large amounts of leaves are washed off our lawns, down our driveways, into storm drains and into our waterbodies, they release phosphorus and nitrogen into our water, contributing to water pollution.