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Broken locks found at Framingham aqueduct

Posted by John Swinconeck  June 3, 2013 06:20 PM

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State Police are investigating broken locks found at the Hultman Aqueduct facility in Framingham, but officials said there is no evidence of any attempt to contaminate the water supply.

Crews for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority found locks on hatches broken Monday morning, said MWRA spokeswoman Ria Convery, She said it appeared to be a case of vandalism.

"This morning, MWRA crews discovered cut locks to three outer hatches along the Hultman Aqueduct in Framingham," the MWRA said in a statement. "There is no evidence that there was any attempt to disrupt or contaminate the water supply. MWRA’s real-time water quality monitoring shows no change in water quality nor any sign of contamination. State Police are currently investigating the incident."

According to MWRA, the Hultman Aqueduct is one of two main transmission lines that carry drinking water from the treatment plant in Marlborough to the greater Boston area.

In May, seven people were cleared following a State Police investigation after they were caught allegedly trespassing at the Quabbin, triggering the MWRA to conduct tests at the reservoir.

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