Sanitary Sewer Overflows

A Sanitary Sewer Overflow or SSO is any overflow, spill, release, discharge or diversion of untreated or partially treated wastewater from a sanitary sewer system. 

The Town of Ipswich is a permitted owner of a municipal sewer system and per 314 CMR 16, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection requires public advisory notifications of SSO's within the community when they occur.

This page will provide all required public notification information of SSO's that occur in Ipswich.

When a discharge or overflow occurs, Ipswich will send out a public advisory notification.  On business days, this website will be updated within 8 hours of the notification.  During weekends or holidays, this website will be updated on the next business day.  

In addition to finding information on this site, you may subscribe to receive public advisory notifications by email or text message. To subscribe click here. Enter your contact information, then scroll down to News Flash and select Wastewater.

You can also see a list of discharge and overflow events on the MassDEP website (link to be provided soon).  This list is updated within 24 hours of when the public advisory notification is sent. 

Current SSO Status

There are no active SSO's in Ipswich

SSO Impacts

  • Beach Closures - None
  • Shellfish Bed Closures - None