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Town of Marblehead
Abbot Hall
188 Washington Street
Marblehead, MA 01945
Sump Pump Connection
Connection of Sump Pump to Drainage System
Installation of a Sump Pump

Many residents may find it necessary to install a sump pump to remove accumulating water from their basement. While there are currently no regulations to require that sump pump discharges be connected to the town’s drain system, doing so is strongly encouraged in most situations.

If a homeowner decides to connect their sump pump discharge line to the drain system, they must first complete a ”License Agreement for Private Connection to Town Drainage System” form available at the Water and Sewer Commission office, 100 Tower Way, Building #11. There is a $25.00 fee for this license.

The homeowner is responsible for all costs associated with the installation of the sump pump and subsequent connection to the drain system. The completed connection must be inspected by the Drain Department.

Homeowners who choose not to connect their sump pump to the drain system have the responsibility to assure that the water removed by the pump is deposited in such a manner as not to cause any hazard or potential hazard on any public way. This includes, but is not limited to, the formation of ice from the discharge.

Article III, section 162-9 of the Town of Marblehead By-Laws provides that, “No person shall deposit or cause to be deposited any snow and/or ice on or against a fire hydrant or on any sidewalk or roadway.” Section 162-10 states that, “Whoever violates any section or provisions of this By-Law shall be liable to a penalty of $50.00 for each offense.”

These By-Laws are enforced by the Director of the Marblehead Highway Department or his/her designee.