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Citizen complaint of the day: Columbia Point needs bubblers

A parched citizen files a 311 complaint:

No damn bubbler for miles walking around UMass Boston and JFK museum? That's criminal



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Come in and use one of the bubblers there.


I'm going to go on a scooter ride today to confirm this, but I'm pretty sure there are in fact a couple bubblers on the harbor walk around the Calf Pasture Peninsula (call it UMass/Columbia Point if we prefer)

Maybe they are very far between, but I remember them being turned OFF during the pandemic, so unless they were removed entirely they should still be there like over by the outdoor gym equipment.


With the wide availability of bottled water these days, I assumed those outdoor public drinking fountains had gone the way of pay phones.

The better ones, like the ones Boston Parks and Rec has installed at Jamaica Pond, even have three levels: One for old-fashioned gulping, one for filling up water bottles and one at the ground for hot doggos.


If the goal is to get away from the incredibly wasteful and problematic existence of bottled water, then we need a lot more public filling and drinking facilities.

When Concord banned bottled water sales, there was a giant collective AHEM from the active crowd that runs and bikes in the area as the bottle refilling fountain on the green had been out of service for over a year. That got resolved very quickly.


They should’ve called 911, not 311.


Did they ever repair the one at the end of the Common near the intersection of Boylston and Charles Street? I remember that as the biggest public drinking fountain one I'd ever seen. I don't travel much.