It began with a patch of unremarkable grass heaving upward. Then came a spurt that turned into a gush that turned into a torrent. And that turned into a pain in the -- ahem -- water bottle for nearly 2 million people.
MWRA surveillance video shows the exact moment that the recent water crisis started, when the collar failed that connected two sections of a massive water main passing through Weston.
Soon, 8 million gallons of water an hour were flowing into the Charles River, and the state would order people in Boston and dozens of other communities to boil their water -- or use bottled water -- for drinking or cooking for 2 1/2 days.
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