News Release Archive
March 26, 2001
MWRA Sewer System Weathers Rain Storm
MWRAs sewer system has weathered the massive rainstorm of March 21-22 and its associated runoff, setting records for wastewater treatment. MWRA transports wastewater from 43 community systems in metro Boston through 250 miles of large sewer lines, pump stations and tunnels to the new Deer Island Treatment Plant on Boston Harbor.
The new Deer Island Plant set a new one-day record for flows at 1.14 billion gallons and an instantaneous rate record of 1.24 billion gallons. The new plant and 9.5 mile outfall tunnel to Massachusetts Bay have greatly increased the capacity of MWRA to remove wastewater from communities and provide treatment to meet federal and state regulations. The new facilities likely saved thousands of homes from sewer backups. MWRA sewer facilities remained 100% operational throughout the storm and MWRA crews provided assistance to community sewer departments.
Drinking Water Not Affected in Boston Area
Due to news stories today about possible contamination of drinking water reservoirs, MWRA has received calls from worried customers. Drinking water provided by the MWRA to 41 communities in its water service area has been unaffected by the storm and flooding conditions. The Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs, with a combined capacity of 465 billion gallons, are enjoying the heavy spring runoff and producing high quality water. Testing of MWRA drinking water quality testing throughout the water system has found no problems.
The communities listed below receive drinking water from the MWRA. Ten of the communities (*) mix in locally-produced water.