MWRA Water Emergency ARES/RACES Situation Report #2 – Water Emergency Ends

Hello to all..

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority reported a major water pipe leak in the town of Weston, Massachusetts at approximately 130 PM Saturday May 1st. A boil-water order had been placed into effect for numerous communities in the MWRA coverage area and Governor Deval Patrick has declared a state of emergency to enable National Guard troop use for this situation.

At 345 AM Tuesday May 4th, the boil water order was lifted for all 30 affected communities. Repairs were made to the water main pipe coupling that failed and the repair is working well with water now flowing from the main water supply once again. Water tests from all communities have come back positive and that is why the boil water order has been lifted. The MWRA, MEMA and the Governor’s Office has issued post-boil water order instructions for the communities affected by the water main break. Complete details and updates can be seen via the following links:

MWRA Press Release Information:

MWRA Water Testing Update:

Governor Patrick’s Press Release on Boil Water Order Being Lifted:

MEMA Main Page:

The Massachusetts State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) will remain at full activation for today. The operation will now switch to recovering all water in staging and establish storage sites at two locations. RACES has not been activated at the region/state level and activation of Eastern Massachusetts ARES is not anticipated as operations begin to wind down.

We will continue to montior this situation but barring an unforeseen escalation of this incident, this will be the last situation report issued as the MWRA Water Emergency has ended. Thanks to all for their support and monitoring of this incident and we hope those that were affected can now get back to normal usage of their water supply!

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address:

Leave a Reply