Good news from Boston on a water main break that had affected an estimated two million people. Crews have successfully repaired the break.
The break over the weekend had left a large part of the Boston area without safe drinking water and set off a sometimes rambunctious scramble for bottled water. Some called the crisis "aquapocalypse."
The situation was worsened by unseasonably hot weather that hit the Northeast, driving up demand for water at the very moment it became unavailable from the tap.
While the break in Weston, Mass. was repaired, it will still take at least a day for officials to certify that the water is safe enough for drinking and bathing.
As the Associated Press reports:
The region's drinking water supply could be back to normal in a day or two under a "best-case scenario" outlined by state officials on Monday, leaving in place the order to boil water after a ruptured pipe disrupted the flow of clean water to about 2 million people.
Crews working through the night successfully repaired the 10-foot-wide pipe that broke in suburban Weston on Saturday, prompting Gov. Deval Patrick to declare a state of emergency.
The order for Boston and about 30 surrounding communities remains in effect Monday even though the broken pipe is now operating at full capacity, State Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles said. Officials have already started some environmental tests, he said, which take about 24 hours to complete.
WBUR.org, the web site of the NPR member station in Boston has a helpful map on its website that shows where the break occurred and the affected areas. WBUR.org also has a health-related q-and-a on its site.