Third World Update: Boston remains under 'boil-water' order. Drinking water expected in 48 hoursSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Mon, 05/03/2010 - 12:04
Update: Boston remains under the 'boil-water' order. A huge water main broke, so the city and surrounding areas are using backup supplies, from local ponds. We've had to boil water for drinking all weekend. It tastes terrible.
The stores are flat out of bottled water. Starbucks and other chains are not serving coffee or tea.
See how quickly we can go back to third world conditions?
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Boston Globe: A major pipe bringing water to the Boston area has sprung a "catastrophic" leak and is dumping eight million gallons of water per hour into the Charles River. Governor Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency and issued a "boil-water" order for Boston and dozens of other communities.
"The water is not suitable for drinking. ... All residents in impacted communities should boil drinking water before consuming it," he said at a news conference this afternoon.
Patrick said the state had asked bottled water companies to make more water available in the state and emergency drinking water supplies could also be made available to the affected communities through the National Guard.
"I ask everyone to check in on elderly or vulnerable neighbors," he said, and he asked people to avoid "unnecessary use of water, such as washing cars and lawnwatering."
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What is up with the world? Oil spills, volcanoes, water main breaks. You never know which one could end up being the Black Swan.