Nearly 150-Year-Old Pipe Bursts in Boston's Financial District

Water was shut off in Boston's financial district Wednesday morning after a 148-year-old pipe burst near the corner of Congress and High Streets

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Water was gushing in the streets of Boston's financial district after a nearly 150-year-old pipe burst at around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The Boston Water and Sewer Commission shut off the water near a construction site at the corner of Congress and High streets around 4:30 a.m. as crews responded.

A city contractor was working to replace a high service pipe when an 1873, 16” ductile southern low pipe became compromised and broke, according to officials. The 148-year-old pipe was scheduled to be replaced at a later date.

Some buildings were flooded, but it remains unclear exactly how many businesses have been impacted. Many companies in the financial district continue to allow employees to work from home.

Buildings have not lost water. The Boston Water and Sewer Commission said around 8 p.m. that repairs had been completed.

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