In May, while just across the Charles, Bostonians had to boil their water, Cambridge residents were untouched by their sister city’s water crisis. Why? Although Cambridge, Massachusetts, is within the MWRA geography, it does not depend on MWRA for its water.

Way back in 1889, the town of Cambridge decided to develop its own drinking water source. And, nine years ago, Cambridge decided to invest over $40 million to upgrade its water treatment system and maintain water independence for its 101, 000 residents. Cambridge also had the foresight to develop a back up plan, just in case their primary water system fails. Smart move? Yep!

So, while Boston businesses were shuttered and residents were clamoring for bottled water, Cambridge basked in being an oasis in every sense of word.

Smarter? They may be…