Boston Tunes Up Water System

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 5, Pg. 48-50

Document Type: Feature article


In 1977, Boston's water supply system had so many leaks and so many unmetered or undermetered customers that only about half the water entering the system was accounted for. The capital program, needed to assure the long-term physical health of the system, was inadequate. In that year, the water and sewer departments were spun off into a separate Water & Sewer Commission, empowered to set user charges at an appropriate level to cover both operating and capital costs. The new Commission is doing so well, Boston's program is seen as a model of how to tune up a municipal water system.

Subject Headings: Water supply systems | Municipal water | Assets | Sewers | Hydrologic models | Client relationships | Wells (water) | Leakage | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

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