Sanitary Sewer Overflow Advisory Notice

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notification – 299 Great Rd, Bedford MA

Initial Notification

On January 10, 2024 at approximately 10:00 AM, a sanitary sewer overflow near 299 Great Road was identified by the Bedford Department of Public Works. The overflow is on-going, and it is estimated that a volume of 5000 gallons of discharge has been released so far as of 10:50 AM. The overflow likely consists of untreated sewage and waste.

 Potentially affected municipalities include Bedford, Burlington, and Billerica, and potentially affected water bodies include Shawsheen River. Avoid contact with these water bodies for 48 hours after the discharge or overflow ceases due to increased health risks from bacteria and other pollutants. See the Bedford DPW website for more information on whether specific resource areas, such as bathing beaches, are affected:

 This overflow has no impact on the Town's drinking water or wells.


When a sewer discharge or overflow occurs, the Bedford Water/Sewer District sends out a public advisory notification. On business days, this webpage will be updated within 2 to 4 hours of the notification. During weekends or holidays, this webpage will be updated on the next business day.

You can also see a list of discharge and overflow events on the MassDEP website. This list is updated within 24 hours of when the public advisory notification is sent. Enter "Bedford" in the Permittee field and click "Search".

The fastest way to get information is to sign up to receive public advisory email notifications by visiting our E-Alert page and checking the box for Sanitary Sewer Overflow Advisory Notices which is located under "Free-form Document Updates".