What can I do about stormwater?
  • Eliminate pesticide and fertilizer use in your yard.

  • Scoop your pet's poop—pick it up and flush it down the toilet rather than leaving it on the ground or depositing in a catch basin.

  • Wash your car in a commercial car wash that treats or recycles its wastewater, or wash your car on your yard rather than on your driveway so that the water infiltrates into the ground.

  • Don't ever dump anything down a storm drain—storm drains run directly into streams without being treated, so whatever goes into the drain goes into the stream.

  • Use rain barrels to collect run-off from your roof to store for later use in watering your garden or lawn.


  • Report illegal dumping and illicit discharging into streams and ponds and stream flow problems by contacting the Engineering Department at 617-730-2170.

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1. What is a storm drainage system?
2. What is the Problem?
3. What can I do about stormwater?
4. What's Being Done?
5. What is the proper method for draining my swimming pool?