Sunday, May 2, 2010

Bostonians Forced to Boil Water

This past week, a main pipe involved in transporting fresh water to the Boston are burst, leaving close to 2,000,000 people without fresh drinking water.

The pipe burst in the town of Weston, MA, about 15 miles away from Boston. Subsequently, Boston and a dozen other surrounding communities are being affected. While officials claimed that the water main could be fixed by as early as Sunday night, there is no truly set and defined time table, therefore the effects of this disaster will continue on into this upcoming workweek.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick claimed at a media conference that "The extent of the damage is not as great as we feared. It does look like we're going to be able to get through this sooner than we thought. In days, not weeks."

Although backup water has been attained by the "Massachusetts Water Resources Authority," hundreds of thousands of citizens have been forced to boil all their water in order to drink it since the rupture of the crucial pipe.

As grocery stores in the areas continue to fail to meet the demand for bottled water, one can only hope that the pipe gets fixed effectively and efficiently and citizens are allowed to drink water from the nozzle once more, a luxury we all seem to take for granted.

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