By - 5/5/10 - 8:02 am

The Globe reports on the search for the giant steel collar that blew off the aqueduct - and that the water flowing through backup aqueducts from long dormant emergency reservoirs turned out to be safe after all (just we couldn't know that for sure until Monday).

By - 5/4/10 - 8:35 am

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. ...

By - 5/4/10 - 6:53 am

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.

From the governor's office:

By - 5/3/10 - 2:31 pm

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.

By - 5/3/10 - 7:28 am

So says the MWRA updates page (yes, refresh it).

Community Update

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.

By - 5/2/10 - 11:43 pm

Jane Kokernak puts together a video showing us how to disinfect dishes and pots with some bleach.

By - 5/2/10 - 4:08 pm

All outAll out

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.

By - 5/2/10 - 1:44 pm

Yes, of course you can now buy a T-shirt. Proceeds go to the Kidlet College Fund.

Aquapocalypse T-shirt

Also available as a mug in which you can enjoy a nice hot cup of joe - after you boil the water first, of course.

By - 5/2/10 - 1:37 pm

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.

By - 5/2/10 - 12:51 pm

Ross Levanto photographs an explanation of the issue posted at a White Hen Pantry on Cambridge Street (click on the photo for a larger view).

One McDonald's blames the Gulf oil spill.

By - 5/2/10 - 10:28 am

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.

By - 5/2/10 - 9:39 am

Channel 5 rounds up water madness, including the frenzied scene at Panic Central, a.k.a., the West Roxbury Roche Bros.

People who shop at the Hyde Park Shaw's are more mellow.

By - 5/2/10 - 9:15 am

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.

By - 5/1/10 - 11:23 pm

Good summary from NECN that includes a look at The Crack:

By - 5/1/10 - 9:27 pm

Echo Bridge before they put up fences.

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.

Reminder of who built the span: Boston Water Works

By - 5/1/10 - 6:54 pm

Score!: Kidlet finds Aquafina 6-pack hidden at Hyde Park Shaw's

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 nobody seemed to be going for the "nursery water" over in the baby-food aisle.

By - 5/1/10 - 3:18 pm

FAIL: Aqueduct breaks after just 6 years.FAIL: Aqueduct breaks after just 6 years.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. ... If you have water-related questions, you can call 211. ... The state has posted an FAQ, including answers to questions about such things as giving babies baths and whether dishwashers and automatic coffee machines are safe. ... Map of Boston neighborhoods (yes, Allston and Brighton are part of Boston).

Boil that water until further notice, the MWRA warns:

A BOIL WATER ORDER IS BEING ISSUED FOR DRINKING WATER FOR ALL MWRA COMMUNITIES EAST OF WESTON UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. ... 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.

According to the state Department of Environmental Water, this means bringing "the water to a rolling boil for at least 1 minute." If you go out to eat, do NOT drink fountain soda - unless you're going into Cambridge, which has its own water supply separate from the MWRA.

The MWRA adds:

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.

The Boston Police Department held over officers from the day shift so they can begin driving around the city notifying residents of the emergency order over loudspeakers.

List of affected communities:

By - 2/26/10 - 11:31 pm

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."