November 17, 2019
Nonprofits Swing into Action to Ease Boston Area Water Crisis

May 3, 2010 — In response to major disruption of the water supply to nearly 30 communities in the greater Boston area, the Greater Boston Food Bank and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley have been providing emergency supplies of bottled water to food shelters and nonprofits that serve homeless families.

The break in a 120-inch diameter pipe that transports water to communities east of Weston—as far north as Wilmington and south to Stoughton— occurred on Saturday.

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA), which operates the water system, issued an order that all water to be consumed by people be boiled for at least one minute to help ensure its safety. It also implemented emergency water conservation measures for the impacted communities.

The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) today said that it is making bottled water available without charge to its member hunger-relief agencies in the communities affected by the pipe rupture in Weston.

In a statement it released, the GBFB said, “The Food Bank has cases of bottled water stocked in its warehouse, and is notifying its member food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters that they should contact The Food Bank if they need water. The Food Bank is also allowing agencies to schedule appointments for water-only pick ups.”

Food Bank executives are working with the Connecticut Food Bank to secure additional supplies, and are monitoring the situation closely to ensure that sufficient supplies are on hand.

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, in partnership with Belmont Springs and UPS, today delivered a donation of nearly 8,000 bottles of water to more than 300 homeless families in Allston Brighton, Back Bay, Brookline, Malden, Quincy, and Waltham.

“Hundreds of homeless families have neither the transportation to get to regional free distribution points nor the money to purchase bottled water on their own,” said Michael K. Durkin, United Way president and CEO. “We are proud to be partnering with Belmont Springs and UPS to address this need.”

United Way is encouraging people to check on neighbors, especially the elderly or disabled, to ensure they are aware of the order and that they have adequate supplies of bottled water and/or the information about how to get help.

As of 3 p.m. today, the following communities were under the boil water order imposed by the MWRA:
  • Arlington
  • Belmont
  • Boston
  • Brookline
  • Canton
  • Chelsea
  • Everett
  • Hanscom AFB
  • Lexington
  • Lynnfield WD
  • Malden
  • Marblehead
  • Medford
  • Melrose
  • Milton
  • Nahant
  • Norwood
  • Newton
  • Quincy
  • Reading
  • Revere
  • Saugus
  • Somerville
  • Stoneham
  • Swampscott
  • Wakefield
  • Waltham
  • Watertown
  • Winchester
  • Winthrop

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