Misconceptions on Tap Water

Posted on January 25, 2012



There are many people throughout the state of Massachusetts who fear drinking tap water. The beliefs we hear at the Mayor’s Health Line include misconceptions that the water is dirty, it is unsafe to drink, and pipe breaks pollute the water. This blog should help relieve some of those fears and help people to feel comfortable in drinking it daily


The water of Massachusetts comes from two reservoirs are the Quabbin Reservoir 65 miles west and the Wachusetts Reservoir which is 35 miles west of Boston. These reservoirs supply 51 communities across Massachusetts with 200 million gallons a day. The water is tested and patrolled daily with the state of the art technology at one of the top facilities in the world. The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) along with The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) work on checking and giving annual reports to make sure the water is clean, drinkable and safe.


The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) along with the Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) work together to insure the delivery of water, infrastructure, efficiency of equipment and regulations are at the best form. This commitment continues everyday so that there is no doubt in the mind of the state about their drinking water. The John J. Carrol Water Treatment Plant in Marlborough is the first step in the disinfection of reservoir water and is continuously reinvented and upgraded so the water is at its finest.


There is some confusion still in the community about the water pipe break which occurred last year. The pipe was completely fixed in less than 2 days and is still operating well. With all this in mind it should be reassuring to know that our water in this state is safe and drinkable. It is also of course more environmentally-friendly to consume tap water because it doesn’t need an expensively manufactured plastic bottle.


For more information on the safety, reliability and security of our water please visit the MWRA or BWSC and get more fact on drinking tap water. There is also the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791).

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