How to identify any possible pollutants into storm drainage system?

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White, Orange (Rust Color), Soap Suds, Oil Sheen, Paint or any unusual colors.


Any odors such as Ammonia, Sulfur (Rotten Egg), Gasoline, Paint Solvents, Sewerage, Chlorine, or Fertilizers emitting from catch basins, drainage ditches, outfalls or waterways.


Trash, Motor Oils, Antifreeze, Household Chemicals, Paints, Chlorine, Detergents, Soaps, Grass Clippings, Leaves, Sweeping, Construction Materials, Pet Excrement, or Insecticides.

If you identify any pollution call the 24 Hour Stormwater Hotline: 781-942-NOW1

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20. How to identify any possible pollutants into storm drainage system?
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