BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick lifted a boil
water order Tuesday morning for 2 million people in Boston area who
were told their tap water could be unsafe after a crucial water
main failed over the weekend.
Authorities said tests showed the water in 29 communities is now
safe for drinking. Saugus is still under the order, pending test
results expected early Tuesday.
Patrick had issued the order Saturday the 10-foot-wide pipe in
Weston failed. Crews raced to repair the pipe, and authorities had
been waiting for the results of water quality tests before lifting
The breach forced the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority to
use a backup system. Residents were told to use bottled water or
boil tap water for a minute before using it to drink, cook or brush
On Monday, President Barack Obama signed an emergency disaster
declaration authorizing federal agencies to coordinate relief
efforts with local authorities.
State officials said they are determined to find out what caused
the failure of a seven-year-old pipe. Portions of the pipe washed
into the Charles River and need to be recovered, Patrick said.
He said the blowout helps justify his administration's decision
to push ahead on construction of a second, redundant water delivery
system to help prevent another interruption of service.
Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo, whose hometown of
Winthrop was under the boil water order, said he's anxious to make
sure that ratepayers aren't left holding the repair bill.
Residents did their best to cope with the inconvenience,
stocking up on bottled water and paper plates to avoid having to
boil water to wash dishes.
At Fenway Park, where the Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels
17-8 Monday night, water fountains were turned off and signs posted
around the ballpark reminded fans of the order. The Red Sox brought
in ice from Rhode Island for the clubhouse.
Concession stands were selling bottled soft drinks instead of
fountain mixes, and beer service wasn't affected.