Stevens Point, WI has the tastiest water in the country, according to a taste test by municipal water professionals (and some random reporter) at the annual American Water Works Association meeting in Chicago. MWRA water wasn't even in the top three (was the sample from Aquapocalypse or something?):
After spending $137,000 attempting to locate the 10-foot diameter steel coupling that broke causing the multi-day boil water order for 2 million people in the Boston area in May, the MWRA is regrouping because it can't find a trace of the giant steel ring anywhere.
Of course, there's always my theory that it was never there in the first place...
That'll teach us to rely on Vogon engineering.
TKOG reports on her aquapocalyptic experiment:
... The Verdict: I smell like a scratch'n'sniff public service announcement, but my teeth feel clean and glossy. ...
Ban lifted at 3 a.m. But officials say: Let your cold water run for a minute and your hot water run for 15 minutes (if you have a 40-gallon water heater) or 30 minutes (80 gallons) before drinking deeply of the local tap water.
Pres. Obama signs a federal disaster declaration for cities and towns served by the MWRA:
Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.
No word when we get our trailers.
So says the MWRA updates page (yes, refresh it).
The 120” pipe connection has been repaired, pressurized and put back into service. Fully treated water has been distributed to the MWRA system since about 6 PM on Sunday and is expected to continue. Water pressure in MWRA service area is in typical ranges.
Please remember that a Boil Water Order is in effect for the following communities until otherwise notified and water use should be restricted to essential use only.
Jane Kokernak puts together a video showing us how to disinfect dishes and pots with some bleach.
There's no sadder sight for a Dunk's coffee drinker: Empty pots. Seen at the Dunkin' Donuts on Hyde Park Avenue in Hyde Park this afternoon.
Yes, of course you can now buy a T-shirt. Proceeds go to the Kidlet College Fund.
Also available as a mug in which you can enjoy a nice hot cup of joe - after you boil the water first, of course.
Boston University reports it's secured a supply of 34,000 bottles of water to quench student thirst and several tons of a ice a day (to cool boiled water). And, the school has figured out how to have coffee available to students during final exams.
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.
Good summary from NECN that includes a look at The Crack:
In recent decades, the Newton Upper Falls landmark has become a place to jog or just take in the views - or listen to your echo - but with today's water emergency, the state reactivated the aqueduct the "bridge" was built for in 1877.
More Sudbury Aqueduct photos, from its start in Framingham to the gatehouse that lets it flow into the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.