Waste from household repairs often pollutes our local waterways. Request the use of non-toxic products and be sure contractors properly dispose of chemicals and water used during their work.
Most catch basins connect to storm drains that discharge the runoff, without treatment, to the nearest brook, river, pond or ocean. The dumping of any material such as motor oil, paint, yard clippings, pet waste and sand into a catch basin can pollute the waterways and is illegal.
If you observe someone dumping in a catch basin, immediately report it to the Boston Water and Sewer Commission at (617) 989-7000.