Health & Environment Police & Fire

“Boil-Water” Alert Issued in Boston, including North End/Waterfront

A ‘Boil-water’ order issued for Boston, including the North End / Waterfront area, following a major aqueduct leak today. Below is the information from the MWRA.

Water service to all MWRA customer communities east of Weston has been interrupted by a major water pipe break in Weston.  Due to this break, A BOIL WATER ORDER IS BEING ISSUED FOR DRINKING WATER FOR ALL MWRA COMMUNITIES EAST OF WESTON UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  In addition, emergency water conservation measures are being implemented for all impacted communities. A complete list of MWRA water communities is included on this page.

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.

The leak is located at the location where the MetroWest Water Supply Tunnel meets the City Tunnel on Recreation Road. This 120-inch diameter pipe transports water to our communities east of Weston – as far north as Wilmington and south to Stoughton.  Water is leaking into the Charles River at rate of over 8 million gallons an hour. MWRA crews are on site; engineers are assessing the situation to determine next steps.Updates will be posted on and MWRA’s website at throughout the event.

It is a good idea to check on our elderly neighbors and those who may need assistance.

Councilor LaMattina issued the following guidelines from the City:

*Water must be boiling for at least one minute before it is safe to drink.

*Do not use any tap water for cooking, baby formula, tooth-brushing, or food preparation that has not been boiled first, or is not bottled.

*Please avoid any unnecessary use of water (car washing, yard watering)

*Showering and bathing are safe, but you are advised to close your mouth and not consume any water.

*If you have recent medical issues or significant injuries/abrasions you should avoid showering.

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