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Massachusetts Water Resources Authority


November 12, 2020


Ria Convery (617) 788-1105,

Update On MWRA Water Main Break in Brookline

This morning, MWRA crews were working on a water pipeline in Brookline when a coupling let go causing a large volume of water to flow into the Brookline Reservoir on Lee Street near Route 9. This pipeline serves parts of Boston, Brookline, Milton and Quincy. The pipeline has now been isolated and water pressure is returning to normal; however, Lee Street is closed to traffic.

There is a possibility that discolored water by occur once the pipeline has been isolated.  If discolored water does occur, it is the result of a small amount of iron in the pipes. Please note that iron will stain light colored items in your laundry, especially when bleach is used. Residents should check water clarity before washing white or lighter colored laundry during this period.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact MWRA Community Relations Manager, Jeffrey McLaughlin at (617) 305-5762 or, or or call MWRA’s 24-hour water phone line at 617-305-5950.


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Updated November 12, 2020

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