A ‘catastrophic’ rupture hits region’s water system
Nearly 2 million residents of Greater Boston lost their supply of clean drinking water when a huge pipe abruptly burst yesterday, prompting authorities to declare a state of emergency and to impose a sweeping order for homeowners and businesses to boil the untreated water now flowing from their taps.
Local officials across the region were scrambling to warn residents about the potential for contamination. In Boston and other communities, police were driving up and down streets in cruisers, using bullhorns to blare boil-water warnings. At Massachusetts General Hospital, staff put up signs warning “Don’t drink the water.’’ (Boston.com)
Finally, an excuse to live on Diet Coke and bottled tea instead of that flat, tasteless stuff in the Brita pitcher. I think I'm going to enjoy this. We picked up a few gallons of the clear stuff because cats can't drink soda. But I can!