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Massachusetts Water Resources Authority


March 22, 2024


Troy Wall
(617) 305-5762,

MWRA Construction May Cause Possible Reduced Water Pressure, Discolored Water in Stoneham/Wakefield/ Reading/Winchester/Woburn

Beginning Monday, March 25, 2024, MWRA has arranged with the Towns of Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, Wilmington, and Winchester, and the City of Woburn to schedule a temporary shutdown and bypassing of a critical water supply line near Fallon Road in Stoneham.

    • This shutdown is necessary to replace the aging pipe infrastructure, and prevent the risk of an uncontrolled break and loss of service.
    • This work will ensure a more reliable water system is in place for residents and businesses to benefit from.
  • The work on Monday is expected to take upwards of 4 to 5 days to complete, working continuously for 24 hours each day; during this time water users may expect lower pressure in Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, Woburn, and the area of Bellevue Avenue/Eugene Drive in Winchester.
    • Normal water pressure is expected to be restored by Friday, March 29, 2024.
  • Discolored water may also be possible for 1 to 2 days following the redirection of water flow for this work. If discolored water does occur, it will be from a small amount of iron in local 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 any white or lighter colored laundry during this period of work. Residents may want to wait for the water to clear before using it.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact MWRA Community Relations Liaison, Troy Wall at (617) 305-5762 or

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Updated March 22, 2024