and the Public Health Community
the past several years, MWRA has partnered with public health professionals
on a series of projects as a key part of its Integrated Water Supply
Improvement Program. This 15 year, $1.7 billion program upgrades watershed
protection, water treatment and storage facilities, distribution pipelines
and builds a new transmission tunnel to provide cost-effective and comprehensive
protection of public health. Health and environmental activists, water
treatment specialists, public health officials and practitioners, and
researchers from all over the country have assisted MWRA.
of the MWRA/public health community activities are tied to MWRAs
overall program to improve and protect drinking water quality in cost-effective
efforts directly related to public health benefit. Several of MWRAs
public health projects are:
Public Health Advisory Group
was created through which experts and practitioners assist MWRA
in determining the most cost-effective manner of providing the highest
level of public health benefits.
with Public Health Officials and Water Superintendents
- MWRA maintains close working relationships with state and local
public health and water officials through an advisory committee
and a monthly water quality report. MWRA promotes interaction between
the health and water departments in all communities.
Research / Surveillance Projects MWRA continues to enhance its extensive water quality testing
program and work with state and Boston public health agencies to
track health outcomes inside and outside the MWRA system and implement
an early warning system of possible trouble.
Water Quality Report
- To help answer customer questions about their drinking water,
MWRA issues an annual water quality report, or consumer confidence
report, each June/July.
Exposure Education Efforts While water is lead-free
coming from the reservoir, MWRA has made major efforts to make chemistry
changes to reduce leaching of lead from home lead pipes. MWRA also
has a public education campaign to educate homeowners how to reduce
lead exposure from drinking water.
MWRA Fact Sheet: MWRA & the Public Health Community (PDF)
Reaching Out to Health Care
Supply & Public Health