As you probably heard, last spring, close to two million Boston area residents were required to boil their drinking water for almost four days. The reason? The rupture of one ten-foot diameter pipe that delivers water to Boston area residents.

The result of the rupture was that the Boston water agency, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA), could only provide water usable for bathing, laundry and flushing toilets….no drinking allowed.

Why didn’t the MWRA have a back-up plan to provide safe water? Does your town or city have a back up plan? If you aren’t sure, you need to get informed about your community’s water program, or there might be boiling water in your future.