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Don’t Drink The Water

All Out of Water In Arlington

All Out of Water In Arlington

Don’t Drink the Water – unless you boil it first.  In case you haven’t heard – Centers and Squares territory is right in the middle of the area affected by today’s huge water main break.

A water main in Weston bringing water from the Quabbin Reservoir to MWRA customers developed a catastrophic leak this morning.  Over 8 million gallons of water per hour were going into the Charles River for much of the day.

Emergency supplies of water have been pulled into the system but this water is not treated for drinking. People in affected communities – thirty towns and cities east of Weston on the MWRA system including Boston – are advised to boil their drinking water.  Locally that includes Arlington, Belmont, Medford, Somerville and Watertown.  Cambridge has its own water system and is not affected.

I was out earlier this evening and it seems there’s been a run on bottled water.  Not that I was in the market – I was out in a last minute search of the weekly sales items I’d circled in last Sunday’s paper. The stores were bustling but the shelves were just about bare in the bottled water aisles.

I’m no fan of bottled water – I think it’s an atrocity in fact.  Paying for water has to be a measure of insanity and gullibility as far as I’m concerned.  Even in a situation like this one – boil it for cripes sake!  It’s not as if we’ve lost power.

It was just this morning that I was delighted to read in the Globe that Concord has voted to ban the sale of bottled water.  Hurrah!  Let’s hope that this is the beginning of a trend.  We’re fortunate enough to live in an area with delicious tap water – there is no excuse for paying soda pop prices for water in a plastic bottle that’s been shipped from who knows where.

We’ve got wonderful water in our neck of the woods and a disaster like this one makes the value of it all the more clear.  But for the timebeing – you’re advised to boil the water.

Categories: Living Here

  1. Janet Porcaro

    Great piece on the water break. I also vote for banning bottled water but I wonder where we would be right now without it? 😉

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