How the Drainage System Works
Paul E. Jalbert
100 Tower Way, Building #11
Marblehead, MA 01945
P.O. Box 1108
24 hour Emergency Service
Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday
7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
7:45 AM - 12:15 PM
The storm drain system moves surface water (which originates from rain or snow) through large grates (catch basins) at street level. Water moves through underground pipe systems, emptying into the ocean at numerous points in town.
Drain construction and maintenance is funded through the town and not with water or sewer rate receipts which, by law, can only be used to fund water and sewer activities.
Health and Safety
Because this water drains into the ocean without treatment, residents should not throw dog droppings, used oil from cars or other polluting sources into the drains found in streets. Disposal of such materials is subject to fines.
Moreover, because of the unknown composition of the effluent, children should not be allowed to play around these huge pipes found on the beaches. The effluent is periodically checked at the major drainage outflow pipes.
Learn more about storm drains at Greenscape's Think Blue Massachusetts
storm water public service campaign.
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