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PWD clearly gets the trash message out to the community

Information regarding the new household trash change from three to two days per week has made its way through the North End/Waterfront in many ways, shapes and forms.

Boston Public Works Department (PWD) held several neighborhood meetings explaining everything from A to Z relating the new policy which includes two days of recycling instead of one.

PWD also mailed postcards, posted signage, placed ads in local newspapers and work closely with the local media to get the message out.

While the new policy was not well received by some residents, PWD did an outstanding job of getting the message out that household trash and recycling will take place on Mondays and Fridays.

Reportedly, there are six Hockies being used in the community. PWD, working with Councilor Sal LaMattina, are attempting to have two more assigned to the neighborhood.

PWD did an outstanding job of making sure the community was clearly notified of the two day policy and claimed it will work but not without the full cooperation of the neighborhood.

One of the ways residents can help is to place trash out before 9am on the day of, instead of the usual before 5pm on the day before.

While not mandatory, it will keep trash off the sidewalks for more than twenty-two hours a week helping to reduce problems with rodents and trash from getting all over the neighborhood.

PWD handled this one well.

Lead in drinking water can be dangerous

Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) has produced an educational brochure relating to lead in drinking water that offers important information on this subject.

The brochure includes health effects of lead, sources of lead and steps to take to reduce exposure to lead in drinking water, what’s been done to control lead in drinking water and other information as well.

BWSC’s goal is to provide people with information about what steps can be taken in homes to reduce exposure to lead.

Lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead can cause serious health problems if too much enters the body from drinking water and other sources.

The brochures can be found at the North End Library and the Nazzaro Community Center and online at www.bwsc.org. It is also published in Spanish.

Tips and information provided in the BWSC brochure are educational and useful to the general public’s safety. Pick one up.