UPDATED 6:30 a.m. Monday 05/04/2010
The boil water order has been lifted Massachusetts communities.
There are a few steps you need to take before you start drinking from the tap again.
From the MWRA:
Residents are now advised to flush their water in order to clear plumbing of untreated water.
For cold water faucets, run the tap for at least 1 minute before using.
For hot water pipes and water heaters, turn on all hot water faucets and flush for a minimum of 15 minutes for a 40-gallon tank and 30 minutes for an 80-gallon tank or larger.
For additional details on refrigerators, dishwashers, humidifiers, food and baby formula, and ice cubes, please visit www.mwra.com.
For instructions for food establishments, visit www.mwra.com .
Contact your local Water Department if you have any questions.
Mass. National Guard will be distributing water at:
221 Concord Ave., Belmont
489 Winthrop Street, Medford High School
67 Flash Road, Nahant
After 1pm on Sunday you will also be able to get water at 1 Merrymount Road in Quincy.
(NECN: Weston, Mass.) - A boil water order was put into effect for 28 MWRA communities east of Weston until further notice, MWRA reported on its Web site.
A major water main break in Weston is the cause. Emergency water conservation measures were being put in place for the impacted communities.
Boil water order: What you need to know
The communities affected by the boil water order (UPDATE: originally reported by MWRA to be 38 communities):
MWRA said it is activating its emergency water supplies, but that the water will not be fit for drinking. It may be used for bathing, flushing and fire protection, though.
Water is leaking into the Charles River at a rate of over 8 million gallons an hour.
MWRA.com provides a map of the communities it serves and in what capacity.
The Emergency Operations Center is open. The phone number is (617) 305-5970.
Gov. Deval Patrick issued a state of emergency Saturday evening:
Boston Mayor Tom Menino also announced a state of emergency for his city: