Due to a water main leak, the City of Boston advises boiling your water for at least one minute before drinking, washing dishes, brushing your teeth, or otherwise consuming tap water. Follow the same rules for your pets.
Questions & Answers from Boston.com:
Q. How can I be sure my drinking water is safe?
A. If you live in one of the affected communities east of Weston, you need to boil all water for drinking or cooking. As an alternative, you could use disinfectant tablets.
Q. But if there has been a huge break, why is water still coming out of my pipes?
A. The MWRA has emergency water supplies from the Sudbury Aqueduct, Chestnut Hill Reservoir, and Spot Pond Reservoir. The water can be used for showers and for flushing toilets, but is not safe to drink. State officials say the backup supplies are sufficient to last indefinitely.
Q. How long should I boil the water?
A. The water should be at a rolling boil for at least a minute. >> Read More