FPO – SSO Notification
June 21, 2022
A Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) is an unintentional discharge of wastewater to the environment prior to reaching a treatment facility. SSOs can occur on infrequent occasions when the capacity of the sewer system is exceeded, usually due to extreme conditions such as heavy rainfall, or an obstruction or break in sewer lines.
During such events, flow may be discharged to the environment and potentially local receiving waters without treatment. These events may also occur in a manner to reduce the risk of sewage backing up into homes and businesses. Public health officials recommend avoiding contact with receiving waters for up to two days after SSO discharges have ended.
The web page will include notifications to the public (see below) which provide data from any ongoing SSOs as well as any SSOs that have occurred during the past sixty (60) days. In addition, the District also reports all SSOs to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Protection Agency as required.