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Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
June 30, 2014

Ria Convery
(617) 788-1105,

Jeff McLaughlin
(617) 305-5762,

MWRA Work Will Require Closure of Ravine Road
During July and August

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority will be performing work that will require the closure of Ravine Road in Stoneham beginning Monday, July 7th through August 31st. The closure is necessary to complete piping connections for the Spot Pond Water Storage Tank and Pump Station Project now under construction at the former Boston Regional Medical Center site.

MWRA apologizes for any inconvenience to local residents and is making every effort to complete the work in the shortest timeframe possible. MWRA’s contractor will be working 6:30am to 10:30 pm Monday through Saturday. The extended work hours, along with the road closure, will reduce the construction time from six months to seven weeks.

The 20-million-gallon, underground tank will replace the Spot Pond Reservoir, which was taken off line in 1998 in compliance with state and federal drinking water requirements. The tank will provide system storage and stabilize pressures in the Northern Low Service area supplying Somerville, Malden, Medford, Everett, Chelsea, and Charlestown. The new pump station will provide system redundancy for 21 communities currently served by the Gillis Pump Station, including Melrose and Stoneham. The construction contract is scheduled to be completed by December 2014. The top of the buried storage tank will be landscaped with native grasses, wildflowers and shrubs to create a natural meadow.

For more information, please contact Jeff McLaughlin, MWRA Community Relations Manager, at

Communities Served by the New Spot Pond Pump Station

Boston Peabody
Chelsea Revere
Deer Island Saugus
Everett Somerville
Lynnfield Stoneham 
Lynn GE Swampscott
Nahant Wakefield
Marblehead Winchester
Medford Winthrop
Melrose Woburn


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Posted June 30, 2014
Updated July 2, 2014