By - 5/25/11 - 10:54 am

Failed boltFailed boltA panel of experts assembled by the MWRA blames last spring's catastrophic collapse of the main aqueduct feeding Boston on poorly constructed studs holding together a connection between two parts of the giant water pipe.

The failure of the aquaduct in Weston left much of the Boston area without potable water for several days.

In a report released today, the panel said cracked studs, inadequately protected from corrosion and subjected to greater than designed pressure gave way, leading to a sudden rupture of the coupling. It didn't help, the report adds, that rubber O-rings in the coupling were apparently glued in place with the equivalent of Super Glue, rather than using a factory vulcanization process.

While the stud material hardness was consistent with those specified for the coupling they exhibited characteristics that suggest poor fabrication. Cracks were present on essentially all of the thread "crowns." Additionally, cracks were present at many of the thread "roots." Upon further examination it was determined that the root cracks were located within 9 threads of the fracture surfaces. This location is consistent with the location of the highest stud load.

By - 5/2/11 - 8:48 am

The Globe reports the MWRA is preparing a lawsuit against the companies responsible for the failed coupling that left us all boiling water and scrambling for loose Aquafina bottles at the supermarket.

By - 8/26/10 - 2:10 pm

The Globe reports water's bubbling up near where water erupted into a full-blown torrent this past spring.

By - 6/23/10 - 11:37 am

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?):

By - 6/9/10 - 4:02 pm

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...

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.