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Third World Update: Boston remains under 'boil-water' order. Drinking water expected in 48 hours

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?

Latest update from the Globe

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Saturday 5/1/10:

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."

Read the whole thing.

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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.




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bumping as a warning--

we have an extensive filter and a Berkey-type filter (older)--

but I'm filling my empty canning jars with water!!!!!!

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

I'll just use my Berkey water system

just like I do in real third world countries. I'm not sure that a water main break qualifies Boston for third world status. It does show the need for people to rely on themselves and have backup plans for food, water and shelter should public or private services be disrupted for any reason.

Be a good boy scout. Be Prepared!

www.bigberkey.com

Michael Nystrom's picture

Bump for thirst

And a reminder from Joni Mitchell:

Don't it always seem to go / That you don't know what you got till its gone?

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

Mr.Nystrom?

The post about this yesterday got no hits because it had no comment button,Just an observation,Thanks.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Thanks

Yeah, I noticed that.

There was some kind of weird glitch when I posted it. Ghost in the machine.

I noticed that today. Thanks for the head's up.

It is really weird - about the water. It is similar in ways, to the big oil spill in the Gulf. At first, they say things will be fixed soon...then time goes by, and you just get used to it.

I suppose this is the way civilization comes to an end. You lose a wheel here, a bumper there, a door falls off, and we just keep driving the thing for as far as it will go...

Volcanoes, oil spills, honey bees, the collapse of Detroit, now California, Katrina, and the huge debt overhang that keeps us from stopping the car to fix it...

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

Yes I agree

So many different problems happening so close together,We seem to be getting numb to it due to frequency.It now seems to be business as usual,yes it is strange,But it is human nature to keep plugging along.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.