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Molly Line

Boston, MA


Water Crisis Ends: “We Have Coffee!”

May 4, 2010 - 10:17 AM | by: Molly Line

“We have coffee!”
That’s the cheer that greeted me at my local Dunkin’ Donuts, one of many shops that have reopened in the greater Boston area after a three-day water emergency that left roughly 2 million people without clean drinking water.

Businesses and residents in more than two dozen communities were ordered to boil water for drinking and eating after a massive pipe split open Saturday, forcing the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) to supplement water from back-up supplies that were not fully treated.

The announcement sent a worried populace rushing into grocery stores, cleaning out shelves of water. The National Guard deployed to provided bottled supplies to cities and towns.

On Monday morning, many local coffee shops remained closed, frustrating commuters that were looking forward to a warm cup of comfort after an inconvienent weeked of water woes.

“Coffee! Thank you for my coffee. I don’t want to go to Braintree no more,” cheered Olga Holler of Quincy. She stopped by a Dunkin’ Donuts tent this morning where cheerful coffee makers were handing out free cups. “It’s been horrible. My poor friends are grouchy and crabby. They complain about the water and they can’t even console themselves with a nice cup of coffee.”

Not anymore. The coffee shops are brewing again and customers are gushing with joy.

Now that the crisis has passed, state officials are seeking answers. An investigation is underway to try and determine what caused the massive water main located in the town of Weston to rupture.

“Now that service has been restored we will work the MWRA board to investigate the causes of this event to prevent anything like this from happening again in the future,” said Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. “If there is fault to be found, we will find it and we will hold those responsible accountable.”

Households and businesses served by the MWRA must still follow a few simple steps to ensure their water is safe by flushing the old water out of their systems.

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