Did this make the news outside Massachusetts? Probably, because we’re in a state of emergency again. And again it’s water, but this time from a pipe. Today the main aqueduct supplying water to most of the greater Boston area broke, sending our drinking water gushing into the Charles River. This is the new tunnel that was built less than a decade ago, and was expected to safeguard us against a break in the old aqueduct (which is now under renovation and not in service).
Our water utility, the MWRA, switched to backup reservoirs, which are not of drinkable quality. So starting today, and for who knows how long, we have to boil our drinking and handwashing and food-prep water. And when it’s all over, we’re going to be flushing the pond-scum out of our pipes. That could be days or weeks from now. The section of pipe that broke was a custom-made, 10-foot wide, stainless steel pipe installed just six or seven years ago. I’ll bet they don’t carry those down at Ace Hardware or Lowes.
By the time I got to the supermarket to see if there was any bottled water left, you couldn’t even buy seltzer. Looks like I knew what I was doing when I laid in a stock of beer the other day.
I don’t know how long this link will be good, but here’s a story on our local Channel 5 that shows the break in the pipe: