Medford, MA Water Quality Report

Where Your Drinking Water Comes From

Medford works in partnership with the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) to get your water to your tap. Your water comes from the Quabbin Reservoir, about 65 miles west of Boston, and the Wachusett Reservoir, about 35 miles west of Boston. Water from the Ware River can also add to the supply at times. These pristine reservoirs supply wholesale water to local water departments in 51 communities. The two reservoirs combined supplied about 200 million gallons a day of high quality water to consumers in 2019.

Medford’s Department of Public Works maintains the water distribution system that consists of a network of pipes, valves, hydrants, and service lines. This system takes water from the MWRA system and delivers water to homes, businesses, and other facilities for drinking and commercial uses. The system is also used for fire protection. The City is constantly improving the system, replacing mains when necessary. Also, daily our water crews are constantly on the lookout for water system leaks, checking and verifying pressures, replacing faulty meters, and flushing pipelines to keep the water as clean as possible.

How the MWRA Provides Safe Drinking Water

The Massachusetts Water Resource Authority maintains state-of-the-art treatment procedures and is committed to providing a reliable supply of water and to make sure your water is safe, fresh and tastes great. Redundant pipelines and tunnels allow inspection and maintenance of key facilities while ensuring uninterrupted service. The MWRA also continues to rehabilitate and replace pipelines throughout the distribution system to improve both reliability and water quality.

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