Thank God, they were able to jury rig something up so firefighters could have the water they need to put out fires. One minor glitch - two million residents of Greater Boston have untreated pond water coming out of their faucets.
We've had water problems in suburbia a few times. It is royal pain in the backside. Most people avoid restaurants because they don't want food that's cooked with boiled untreated water.
Local coffee haunts usually switch to bottled water but a lot of people don't trust it. And there's good reason for that:
“In the short term, we don’t have a need to brew in the next couple of days,’’ Sullivan said, adding that “boiling is part of the normal brewing process.’’
Cambridge drug maker Genzyme Corp. said its Allston plant, which uses a lot of water, has seen no indication of contamination.
Some people don't mind feeding their customers boiled pond water and others pretend the problem doesn't exist.
Have you ever seen the gross deposits one single group of ducks leave on the ground? Would you drink water after one minute of boiling what a few hundred thousand ducks live in?
Some shut down rather than deal with it. What is baseball in Boston without Fenway Franks? I'm not a hotdog eater myself (my mother used to call them cancer sticks) but at least they have the decency to refuse to feed their customers water mixed with pollution, bird and fish poop.
Then, there's the problem with washing clothes. The sick and elderly who don't have the energy and resources to manage it.
Merchants are having a hard time keeping up with the demand for residents as water in every store was just about gone within an hour.