Help conserve water, reduce flooding and pollution, and make your community climate-strong.

Our climate is changing, causing higher temperatures, drought, heavier rainfall, flooding, and water pollution. But there’s good news – you can be a part of the solution!

Simple Steps, Big Impact
Help enhance your community’s resilience, save money, and protect local wildlife by adopting easy measures to reduce water use and prevent pollution and flooding.

In Partnership with NepRWA
Your city or town works with the Neponset River Watershed Association to protect your water and make your community more resilient to extreme weather.

Together We Make a Difference
Your support is critical to reducing the impact of climate change in your communities. Thank you for being a part of the solution!

Get Active with your City or Town
Local decisions impact your health, safety, and the environment. Attend town meetings, volunteer on municipal committees, or join community groups. You can make your community more resilient for years to come!

Questions or concerns about water conservation, pollution or flooding? We’re here to help!

Please email NepRWA Managing Director for Community Resilience, Kerry Snyder.

Where Does Your Water Come From?

The communities of Canton, Dedham, Dover, Foxborough, Medfield, Randolph, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole, and Westwood get some or all their drinking water from underground aquifers that also feed local streams.

Boston, Milton, Norwood and Quincy get drinking water from the Quabbin Reservoir. Heat, drought, and excessive use strain ALL water supplies.

Take Action for a Changing Climate!

Conserve Water

Fix leaky faucets, toilets, and irrigation sytems. Use your water meter to help identify leaks.

Save big with a new toilet, faucet aerator, showerhead, or clothes washer. Check with your city or town for rebates.

Reduce or eliminate landscape watering by using drought-tolerant grass seed, native plants, and weather-based irrigation controllers.

Always follow outdoor watering restrictions issued by your city, town or the state. Never water your lawn during a drought, even if you use a private well.

For details on water restrictions, water conservation tips and information about rebates, visit your city or town website or go to

Reduce Pollution & Flooding

ALWAYS pick up your dog’s waste and throw it in the trash. It’s full of harmful bacteria.

Direct downspouts, driveway, and street runoff into the grass where it can soak back into the ground naturally.

Sweep up grass clippings, leaves, fertilizer, litter, and dirt from pavement. Everything left on pavement gets washed into your streams.

Choose pervious pavers or gravel for patios, walkways, and driveways to slow water flow.

Never pour anything down a stormdrain. Only rain down the drain!

Where Does All That Rain Go?

Storm drain systems carry runoff, unfiltered, to nearby streams. Anything that is left on paved areas contributes to water pollution and flooding.

Polluted runoff affects drinking water, swimming, boating, fishing, and wildlife habitats, and is the #1 cause of water pollution in our area.

Help reduce water pollution and flooding with simple actions at home and in your community.

Protect Yourself from Heavy Rain

Changing weather patterns are causing more floods in unexpected places as storm drains fill up, sewers back up, and groundwater levels rise.

  • Check out the Neponset Regional Flood Model to see if the risk of flooding is increasing in your neighborhood.
  • Discharge your sump pump to the grass. Never discharge to a sink. It’s illegal and can cause sewage to overflow in your neighbor’s homes.
  • Consider flood insurance even when not required. Up to 80% of eastern MA homes damaged by floods in a 2010 storm were not required to have flood insurance.