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5000/5040. Sewer Division

 Record Group Term
Identifier: 5000/5040
The Office of Superintendent of Sewers was established by ordinance passed June 6, 1837. The Superintendent of Sewers, appointed annually, had the general supervision of all sewers built, or permitted to be built, by the City, the charge of their building and repair, and the regulation of private drains entering into common sewers. The department also had charge of all catch-basins, their construction and cleaning. By ordinance approved March 9, 1891, in amendment of Chapter 18 of the Revised Ordinances of 1890, the Departments of Sewers, Sanitary Police, and Bridges, and the Office of Commissioner of Cambridge Bridges, were consolidated and placed under the administrative control of the Superintendent of Streets. Chapters 1 and 3 of the Ordinances of 1906 re-established the Sewer Department. The Sewer Department had charge of the preparation of plans for sewerage works, the construction and maintenance of all drainage works, including the investigation of complaints in regard to defective drainage, the granting of permits for making sewer connections and the preparation of plans for the assessment of the cost of sewer construction; and made and delivered to the City Collector all bills for sewer assessments. Chapter 3 of the Ordinances of 1908, approved by the Mayor on 6 April 1908, consolidated the Bridge, Sanitary, Sewer and Street Cleaning and Watering Departments, created by Chapters 1, 2, and 3 of the Ordinances of 1906 and the Lamp Department, created by Chapter 22 of the Revised Ordinances of 1898, with the Street Department, which was placed under the charge of the Superintendent of Streets. The water works system and the sewer works system of the Public Works Department were abolished and the powers transferred to the Boston Water and Sewer Commission by Chapter 436 of the Acts of 1977.

Found in 8 Collections and/or Records:

Betterment plans

Identifier: 5040.001
Scope and Contents

Assessment plans for the construction and improvement of sewers.

Dates: 1897-1955

Deeds relating to sewers

Identifier: 5040.006
Scope and Contents

Includes deeds, releases, agreements, contracts, plans, and correspondence relating to sewers.

Dates: circa 1866-1914

Level books

Identifier: 5040.004
Scope and Contents

Books used by engineers to record survey notes and levels.

Dates: circa 1920-1940

Sewer assessment records

Identifier: 5040.008
Content Description

Sewer assessment records, circa 1822-1898 with gaps.

Dates: circa 1822-1898 with gaps

Sewer Division project files

Identifier: 5040.005
Scope and Contents

Sewer Division project files on projects at Charles Street Jail, Moon Island, Calf Pasture and Stony Brook. This collection is unprocessed.

Dates: circa 1942-1957

Sewer plans

Identifier: 5040.002
Scope and Contents

"M" series of sewer plans, circa 1890-1972; and miscellaneous sewer plans, circa 1912-1942. The "M" series includes sewer plans of Stony Brook, Austin Farm, the Fenway, Jamaicaway, Savin Hill Bay and other areas. The miscellaneous plans include West Roxbury sewer plans.

Dates: circa 1890-1972

Sewer recordings

Identifier: 5040.003
Scope and Contents

Chapter 268 of the Acts of 1903 required, prior to the construction of any sewer, the recording in the Suffolk Registry of Deeds of a statement approved by the Mayor of his intention to construct the sewer, naming the street or describing the land in which the sewer is to be constructed and giving an estimate of the construction. Includes sewer recordings for 1903-1911 and 1929-1958.

Dates: 1903-1958 with gaps

Sewer takings and orders to build

Identifier: 5040.007
Scope and Contents

Notices of takings and orders to build sewers for the years 1879-1903, 1910-1914, 1916-1917, 1921-1928, 1930-1935, and 1938-1956 and notices of takings for Hyde Park for 1903-1904.

Dates: 1879-1956 with gaps