How to fix Boston’s water supply problem
The city has a problem: Its drinking water system is broken, and it’s costing it money to fix it.
In a report released on Wednesday, the state Water Resources Control Board said the city has an aging water system and a water supply that is “highly vulnerable” to a water-quality crisis.
Boston’s problem is that the water system, which is part of the Boston Water & Sewer Authority, is broken.
The report says Boston is paying the water authority for about 1.5 billion gallons of water that’s been pumped out of the city’s system each year, which amounts to more than $8 billion per year.
The board also found that Boston’s rate of water withdrawal for the past 10 years has been twice the rate of the nation as a whole.
“If the water withdrawal rate for the entire Boston area were to double, the amount of water being withdrawn per capita by the city would increase by about 40 percent,” the report said.
It also said the Boston water authority is charging a “significant” amount of money to the state for every 1,000 gallons of tap water that it withdraws from the system each month.
That means Boston’s tap water is actually more than three times the amount that it needs to meet its overall needs.
The city, however, says it’s working to fix the problem.
It’s now installing water-control devices, adding chlorine to the water supply and adding a new distribution system.
The water authority said the problem is caused by a lack of quality control and that it’s also not sustainable to dump so much water into the system.