The project to connect Burlington's water supply to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) has been completed. Phase 1 is designed to supply one million gallons (MGD) of water per day to the Town of Burlington via the Town of Lexington. These pictures (below) show the final connection of the MWRA Phase 1 project to Burlington's Water System.
The MWRA Phase 2 project which will extend from Burlington to Arlington is in the design phase and construction is expected to start in 2021.
What does this mean for summer 2021?
Although the Town is connected to the MWRA, the current connection to the Town of Lexington’s water system is not large enough to allow for the elimination of all outdoor watering restrictions in the near future. In addition to Burlington’s water supply limitations, the Commonwealth is updating the mandated outdoor watering restrictions when a drought is declared (see "Current Water Ban" page).
We plan to purchase 150 million gallons of water from the MWRA in FY22 and we plan to make 850 million gallons of water.