Volcanos, oil wells, terrorist bombs or Boston’s water main. People do their best – even those friggin’ terrorists, I suppose – but technology isn’t perfect.
The source of the rupture has been identified in the pipe break that has caused nearly two million people in the Boston area to lose their supply of clean drinking water.
“The extent of the damage is not as great as we feared,” Gov. Deval Patrick said at a press conference this morning. However, he refused to give a firm estimate when people could drink water again, but said he anticipated it would be “days not weeks.”
As workers frantically toiled to fix the pipe yesterday, questions turned to why it happened. The coupling that failed is a standard component of underground pipes, including throughout the MWRA system.
“Our goal is to get it fixed and then figure out what happened,” said Laskey. The failure could be from a number of things, including the design, construction or installation of the piece.
A representative of Barletta Companies of Canton, who installed the collar – and is in the process of fixing the pipe said he had “no idea” what went wrong. The broken collar washed away into the Charles and a hunt is on for it so authorities can examine in for possible clues why it failed.
It’s not a perfect world.