In January 2021, Governor Baker signed An Act Promoting Awareness of Sewage in Public Water, and a year later January 2022, MassDEP promulgated regulations to implement the provisions of the Act. The regulations and materials from the reg-development process are available here:
314 CMR 16.00: Notification Requirements to Promote Public Awareness of Sewage Pollution
The fastest way to receive information is to sign up for public advisory notifications: Sewer Overflow Notification.
This new law will make sure the public knows when untreated sewage flows into Massachusetts waters. This includes releases known as sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs).
Any active sewer overflow events will be summarized on this webpage.
When a discharge or overflow occurs, the Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea will send out a public advisory notification and update this webpage.