On Saturday May 1, 2010, just over a week ago, a collar connecting two pieces of a water supply main broke in Weston, MA. The numbers associated with this failure are impressive: 64 million gallons of water was lost, 30 communities equaling 700, 000 households or some 2 million people were affected. We were told that the water was unsafe to drink and we had to boil it for at least one minute before drinking it. The stores suddenly became barren of bottled water. People panicked. The unofficial “man on the street” opinion was that it was going to take weeks to fix.
In Connecticut I bought a case of 6 gallons of water at Costco, because why not. If this was going to be weeks, then let’s get this party started.
By Tuesday, the water main was fixed and the water was tested safe. We had to run the cold water in the sink for a minute and run the hot water for 15 minutes – though a couple warm showers I think also did the trick.