WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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94 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 6 those of a certain age may remember the sci-fi thriller Fantastic Voyage about a scientific crew in a sub shrunken to such a tiny size that it could be injected into a person's bloodstream. Let's imagine another fantastic voyage: We're in a sub miniaturized to fit into a drop of water. Now we can explore why the water crisis that beset Flint, Michigan won't happen here. We're going to float in this drop of water from its source to our faucets. For Wellesley residents, that source could be as close as a local well or as far away as Quabbin Reservoir, some 65 miles to the west. For everyone supplied by the town of Weston, the source is the Quabbin. The Quabbin was created to supplement the Wachusett Reservoir, which is two decades older and about 30 miles closer to Boston. The two reservoirs supply the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA), which serves 61 Boston-area communities—2.5 million people in all. Many have probably heard the story of how in the 1930s, 2,500 residents in four towns and 7,613 bod- ies in 34 cemeteries were moved from the Swift River Valley to make way for the Quabbin Reservoir. Everything – stores, houses, hotels, stables, and trees — was leveled, carted away, or burned (don't believe those tales of underwater church steeples) before the valley was flooded. When it opened in the 1940s,

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