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Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

Date: May 16, 2005

Contact: Ria Convery, (617) 788-1105, <>


Chemical Cited in Boston Globe Story Not Found in MWRA Water

An article in today’s Boston Globe entitled “Saudis Lobby to Limit Liability on Additive” states that MBTE, a potentially cancer-causing gasoline additive, has seeped into groundwater supplies across New England. 

Water supplied by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority does not contain even trace amounts of this contaminant.

MWRA's water is supplied through the high-quality Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs.

MWRA conducts very extensive testing of drinking water, from the reservoirs all the way through community distribution systems, to assure that drinking water is safe. MWRA publishes detailed monthly and annual reports on the results of these tests.

MWRA serves 47 Massachusetts communities.