Mayor Wu declared a heat emergency in Boston beginning Saturday through Sunday. Cooling centers will be open at 15 BCYF community centers on Saturday and Sunday, and splash pads will be open at parks and playgrounds throughout the City.
Boston’s drinking water is provided by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority from the Quabbin Reservoir, which is lead-free. However, lead can get into tap water through lead service lines or galvanized pipes connecting to the street and pipes in homes or businesses. Running taps uninterrupted for two minutes in the morning helps to flush lead out, but if you have a lead service pipe, removing it is the safest solution. We offer up to $4,000 towards the cost of replacing private lead service lines for qualifying homeowners. For Lead Service Pipe Removal, call BWSC about it’s Lead Service Replacement Incentive Program at 617-989-7888.