Each decade there is one major construction project with impacts that shape the future for decades to come. For the MWRA, these projects included the Boston Harbor Cleanup, the Carroll Water Treatment Plant, and the MetroWest Tunnel. Today, the generational decision for the MWRA is how to best ensure potable drinking water for all of its cities and towns all of the time. The project that will accomplish this for Greater Boston is the MWRA’s Metropolitan Water Redundancy Project.

 

In 2010, a major water break forced residents to boil water to ensure the safety of their families, and businesses either scrambled to provide bottled water to customers or shut down completely. The boil order only lasted only a few days; however, the lessons learned and the all-too-real impacts of this water break drive this discussion today.

 

The Metropolitan Water Redundancy Project presents many challenges: costs for this project could exceed $1.5 billion, and different construction methods would create different levels of impacts to communities; yet, the economic cost of not completing this project could be far greater.

 

 

On December 8 at the Yawkey Center at Boston College, all of us will have an opportunity to learn, listen, ask questions, and weigh in on a potentially significant MWRA project. Hosted by the MWRA Advisory Board – the voice of the MWRA’s communities and ratepayers – the opportunity to shape this project starts with this half-day session.

 

It is important for your community – from your CEOs and elected officials to your finance staff and technical/operations staff – to be aware of this project. We will be inviting our state legislators as well.

 

Secretary of Economic Development Jay Ash will keynote our meeting to discuss the economic impacts of this project – both pro and con. MWRA staff led by Executive Director Fred Laskey will outline options, timing, and costs.

 

If there is one meeting you should attend – this is it.

 

*Continental breakfast and box lunches will be available for our guests.

Thank you for attending the 2016 #MuniWorks workshop on the MWRA’s Metropolitan Tunnel Redundancy Project! We look forward to seeing you at our next workshop!