Water Quality Testing

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Problem: Bacteria leaking from sewers and/or septic systems gets into the Salem Sound and Massachusetts Bay, exposing people to polluted waters. Stormwater runoff is a major source of pollution to Salem Sound.

Solution: The Clean Beaches and Streams Program monitors local stormwater outfall pipes and streams to find out if bacteria from leaking sewers or septic systems are getting into the Sound (results on bacterial testing are available from 2003 to 2017). Municipalities also play a major role in managing stormwater and new federal and state stormwater management requirements will soon be in place. Learn about the regulations and about stormwater utilities.