NECN interviews MWRA head Fred Laskey this morning. He says welding a new metal sheath to replace the one that blew out should be done by tonight; pressure testing will be done tomorrow.
Channel 5 rounds up water madness, including the frenzied scene at Panic Central, a.k.a., the West Roxbury Roche Bros.
The six-year-old aqueduct that cracked, plunging us into aquapocalypse, replaced a 1939 aqueduct that was to be rebuilt so it could serve as a backup to the new tunnel. The MWRA is in the middle of repairing the old aqueduct and was kinda hoping nothing bad would happen until 2014, when the work is supposed to be done, the Globe reports.
So now... Read more
Good summary from NECN that includes a look at The Crack:
Score! The kidlet finds a six-pack of Aquafina hidden behind a basket in the depleted water aisle at the Hyde Park Shaw's around 6:30 p.m. It was so bad people were resorting to seltzer. But... Read more
UPDATE: 10 p.m.: The state says workers have stopped the leak in Weston but that it could be "days at a minimum, we're hoping not weeks" before the boil-water order is lifted.... Read more
The Boston Fire Department reports 320 gallons of number 2 oil leaked out of a tank at the Deer Island sewage plant around 9:30 p.m., but that all the oil was "contained in the protective area made for such leaks."
The Coast Guard reports a valve malfunction at an MWRA facility in Cambridge let 2,000 gallons of Number 2 heating oil drain out around 3:45 this morning. About half that is in the building; the rest flowed into the River, where a contractor is now attempting to contain and clean up the spill.
Says so right here on the Internets, so it must be true. The Enviromental Working Group spent three years building a database of municipal water supplies, and says Providence has the second cleanest, bestest water in the country behind only Arlington, Texas. Boston (more specifically, the MWRA, which serves much of the Boston area) came in fifth out of 100 cities (so not too... Read more
The Bulletin has details on how a Canadian company will help the MWRA determine the best way to upgrade a seven-foot-wide sewer under West Roxbury and Roslindale: Two inspectors will be lowered into the large pipe near the Ohrenberger School - one to inspect the conduit's condition, the other to help get the first guy out in the event of any trouble.
The MWRA this week awarded a contract to an Edmonton company to figure out the best way to renovate an aging sewer main through West Roxbury, that is, a different aging sewer main than the one that forced years of traffic disruption along the VFW Parkway.
The West Roxbury Tunnel, seven feet in diameter, runs 2 1/2 miles from the VFW Parkway (near the... Read more
The AP has been busy, finding lots of drugs in people's water. Sadly, Boston is on the list of cities that don't test for this stuff. Look on the bright side; you could live in a city run these morons:
Arlington, Texas, acknowledged that traces of a pharmaceutical were detected in its drinking water but cited post-9/11 security concerns in refusing to identify the... Read more
The MWRA is enlarging the sewer that runs under the VFW Parkway. And that means blasting. And apparently, the best time to do some blasting and heavy construction is 3:15 in the morning. Ed Symkus wearily reports:
... [T]wo nights ago, close to midnight, my windows started rattling again. Last night, the windows rattled around the same time, then at 3:15 - yes, I'm... Read more