This just in from Newton Mayor Setti Warren in Newton:
MWRA has been able to stop the leak at the pipe in Weston. Excavation of the leak is complete, repairs have been initiated. Water pressure continues to be stable. MWRA system water is currently coming from the Carroll Treatment Plant and now being supplemented by the Chestnut Hill Emergency Reservoir.
The switch to secondary reservoirs was made at 6:40 p.m. on Saturday May 1st. THIS WATER WILL NOT BE SUITABLE FOR DRINKING, but can be used for bathing, flushing and fire protection. Click here for some FAQ's on when you do and do not need to boil water.
For individuals who are home bound and in need of clean drinking water, please contact Newton Police dispatch at 617- 796-2100.
MEMA will be providing bottled water to residents at the Municipal Parking lot on Austin St across the Newtonville Shaws tomorrow May 3rd from 2pm - 9pm.
Schools will be open as usual on Monday. Water fountains in schools will be de-activated. Parents are advised to send their children to school with at least two beverages.
City customer service lines are open Sunday until 9pm to answer questions and will reopen at 8:30am Monday morning. At any time, emergency calls should be directed to the Newton Police Department at 617-796-2100.
A complete list of MWRA water communities and the latest updates will be posted on Mass.gov and MWRA´s website at www.mwra.com.
This just arrived via email from Setti Warren, Mayor of Newton.
MWRA WATER MAIN BREAK REQUIRES BOIL WATER ORDER
May 1, 2010 - Chelsea, MA – Water service to all MWRA customer communities east of Weston has been interrupted by a major water pipe break in Weston. Due to this break, A BOIL WATER ORDER IS BEING ISSUED FOR DRINKING WATER FOR ALL MWRA COMMUNITIES EAST OF WESTON UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. In addition, emergency water conservation measures are being implemented for all impacted communities. A complete list of MWRA water communities is attached.
MWRA is activating its emergency water supplies such as the Sudbury Aqueduct, Chestnut Hill Reservoir and Spot Pond Reservoir. THIS WATER WILL NOT BE SUITABLE FOR DRINKING, but can be used for bathing, flushing and fire protection.
The leak is located at the location where the MetroWest Water Supply Tunnel meets the City Tunnel on Recreation Road. This 120-inch diameter pipe transports water to our communities east of Weston – as far north as Wilmington and south to Stoughton. Water is leaking into the Charles River at rate of over 8 million gallons an hour. MWRA crews are on site; engineers are assessing the situation to determine next steps.
Updates will be posted on Mass.gov and MWRA’s website at www.mwra.com throughout the event.
It's turned a bit cold here again and today promises rain, perhaps to clean the streets before the Marathon on Monday, but last week was spectacular. Cheesecake Brook, which middle-schoolers study for its creepy crawlies, runs underground for much of its length through Newton, then surfaces and pours into the Charles River just beyond where this picture was taken in late afternoon. Its sinewy path reminds me of England. Worth walking just for its human-scale.
And from the weather department here at Endless Knots, a snap of the thermometer outside the back door yesterday. Granted, its back faces west and thus gets the very warm pelting of the afternoon sun but, holy schmazoo!
OK, local history buffs, you all know that Newton, Mass., when settled in 1630 as "the newe towne," is so named for its proximity to its better known relative, Cambridge. But now perhaps we should just call it Watertown. Ooops, no, it's taken. And water has taken over there too.
A walk around the Charles between Newton and Watertown a few days ago yielded these pictures. If you've ever been on the DCR path between Bridge Street and Watertown Square and headed east, you're very familiar with the approach to Watertown Street. This is what was in front of us, i.e. the Charles! In the second photo, you can see Watertown Street ahead. And in the third shot, taken on the Watertown side, you can see the familiar duck feeding bench, where, of course, you're not supposed to feed the ducks. Or geese. Or swans. Some of the geese left. That's the last picture.
There's still so much water in the Boston area after the 8-inch drenching last weekend that it's impossible to walk around the Charles between Newton and Boston, Newton and Waltham. Last night, driving west to Boxborough (see next post), the Sudbury River was right by the shoulder; some turns off Route 2 were still closed.
Here's what it looked like yesterday along the Charles near our house.
Perhaps you know the City of Newton, Mass., for its school system. Even as a child growing up in Pennsylvania, I envied the kids who lived in Newton, whose high school was among the top in the country. There's been plenty o' controversy over Newton's schools in the past few decades but the city remains one of the great locales in the U.S. I could go on - and have - but, suffice to say, with 13 villages (including ours of West Newton), countless trees, several parks, many playgrounds, cheap eats and expensive ones, bakeries, movie theatres (two technically), youth and adult sports leagues, commuter rail and T into Boston, and, as per my obsession, summer farmers' markets--not to mention a therapist in every other house, should you be in need--it's a great place to live.
Now we have a new (young) mayor, Setti Warren, among whose first acts is sprucing up the city's website. I hope the webmasters do live up to the promise on the refurbished homepage to "making this website one of the best municipal sites in the country."
Photo of Setti and Tassy, Abigail (center) from his website
Our wonderful city of Newton, Mass., elected Setti Warren as our new mayor today. Several firsts here: Setti is the first African-American to become the city's mayor, the first Iraq war veteran, possibly the youngest person to ever win -- and also quite possibly the first twin to hold the post, a unique qualification that speaks only to certain people.
I originally met Setti through the Freedom House board, where we were both members (I still am). I liked him immediately: he's warm and thoughtful and inventive -- and I'm delighted to see him taking on this challenge.
What won me over to supporting him was an odd thing, really. A friend had made a video of one of Setti's opponents. After watching it, I wondered whether Setti had anything comparable so I searched and found this. Take the time to watch. And keep an eye on us here in Newton. The Garden City may become the Future City with Setti in the mayor's office.