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Boston Water Quality: Then & Now
The history of Boston is filled with the constant struggle to provide enough quality water to a continuously growing population. The story begins in 1623 when Reverend William Blackstone became the first settler to drink Boston water from “The Great Spring” on the Shawmut Peninsula.
The Great Spring provided Boston drinking water for over 2 centuries. In the 1800s, the city population ballooned, and residents had to look beyond The Great Spring. City planners began to pull Boston tap water from the Jamaica Pond using wooden pipes, which offered minimal pressure and would eventually rot, leak, and split. By the 1830s, Boston grew even more, and so too did the demand for water. Urban developers turned to an upland source of water that did not require filtration, and in the 1840s, they created the Lake Cochituate Reservoir from Long Pond.
Within 2 decades, Lake Cochituate had difficulties supplying enough water, especially during the summer, and the Boston water quality did not meet safety standards by 1980. The resulting Metropolitan Water Act of 1895 called for a new water source from the Wachusett Dam at the Nashua River. The city went on to build the Quabbin Reservoir at the Swift River. At its completion in 1946, the 412-billion-gallon reservoir represented the largest man-made reservoir in the world devoted solely to water supply.
Today, Boston sources its water from the Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs, which supply a combined 200 million gallons of water daily. But, as The Standells song goes: Boston has “dirty water.” Residents couldn’t agree more, and complain of medicinal, rotten egg, earthy tasting water. The Boylston Street Main, the Beacon Street Main, and the Wachusett Reservoir were all built before 1900, and like many older cities, much of Boston’s original cast iron water infrastructure is still in use. These pipes are prone to corrosion and biofilm contamination from chemical reactions, which create clusters of pipe deterioration and bacteria along the inside of the pipe.
To combat the corrosion and biofilm contamination, municipal water departments add high levels of chlorine, which give Boston tap water a medicinal taste and odor. Although the government continues to monitor and treat water pollutants, reports show that old pipes may compromise Boston water quality with harmful contaminants including lead.
Quench Water Coolers –
A Better Drinking Water System for Boston
Worried about the “dirty water” in Boston – which is known for its earthy taste due to biofilm contamination from cast iron pipes and its medicinal taste due to high levels of chlorine added by municipalities? We are too, and that’s why we’re here to help. Quench offers a full complement of water filtration and sanitization technologies to remove sediment and bacteria, reduce chemical contaminants, including lead, and get rid of off-tastes and odors. Depending on your local water quality, your Quench Water Expert may recommend our NSF-certified carbon filtration, which works great for water with TDS (total dissolved solids) levels under 250 ppm (parts per million) or our NSF-certified reverse osmosis (RO) filtration, which is the gold standard for water with TDS levels over 250 ppm. By creating a customized water filtration solution and tailoring your installation and service needs for your business, we can guarantee that Quench office water coolers produce crisp, clean, great-tasting water – and at a fraction of the price of bottled water delivery services. Go bottle free with Quench and you will save time, money, and the environment, plus you will have better tasting and safer drinking water!
Quench Proudly Serves More Than 60,000 Customers Nationwide
I want to thank the team at Quench for the quick, professional installation of our new water system. You and your installation team made the process very simple and timely from start to finish. I highly recommend your product as an alternative to water bottles!
Nationwide Service with Local Presence
Quench’s dedicated customer team stands behind every installation. You’ll always find a well-trained, friendly human at the other end of the phone, and all service is performed by insured, certified Quench-badged technicians. Our customer service promise includes proactive preventive maintenance, filter changes, and all service and support. We worry about your drinking water, so you don’t have to.
Proudly providing businesses with clean, filtered drinking water in greater Boston Area, including downtown Boston, Cambridge, Lowell, Providence, Quincy, and Worcester.
Quench Filtration Solutions
For over 20 years, Quench has focused exclusively on providing businesses with the highest quality filtered water. This commitment to doing one thing well has made us the trusted water authority for over 50% of the Fortune 500. We offer the best bottleless water coolers, ice machines, sparkling water dispensers, and coffee brewers to fit any workplace. No matter your location, company size, or industry, we have a filtered water solution that is right for you!