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MWRA Tunnel Leaking 8 Million Gallons Per Hour

Filed under: General Interest by Randy Harris at 11:19 am on May 2, 2010

May 1st, 2010 - MWRA Leak in Weston

MWRA supply tunnels, connectors and aqueducts in and near Weston, MA

WESTON, MA - on Saturday afternoon, (May 1, 2010), the Metropolitan Water Resource Authority, (MWRA), announced a major break in a 10 foot diameter pipe.

The break is located where the MetroWest Water Supply Tunnel meets the City Tunnel on Recreation Road in Weston.

The leak has caused 8 million gallons of water per hour to leak from the water supply into the Charles River.

Framingham residents are not affected by this break, and no "boil water" advisory for the town has been issued.

Due to infiltration of the water supply, residents of the following towns and MWRA designated areas east of Weston are advised to boil any water to be used for drinking or food preparation, (for humans -or- animals).

AFFECTED COMMUNITIES
ArlingtonBelmont

Boston

Brookline

Canton

Chelsea

Everett

Hanscomb AFB

Lexington

Lynnfield Water District

MaldenMarblehead

Medford

Melrose

Milton

Nahant

Newton

Norwood

Quincy

Reading

RevereSaugus

Somerville

Stoneham

Swampscott

Wakefield

Waltham

Watertown

Winchester

Winthrop

Emergency water conservation measures are being implemented for all impacted communities.

The MWRA is activating its emergency water supplies such as the Sudbury Aqueduct, Chestnut Hill Reservoir and Spot Pond Reservoir. THIS WATER WILL NOT BE SUITABLE FOR DRINKING, but can be used for bathing, flushing and fire protection.

Click here for "Boil Water Orders" information from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Updates will be posted on the MWRA’s website, (www.mwra.com), as the situation progresses.

The MWRA's Emergency Operations Center is open and can be reached by phone at (617) 305-5970.

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