Weston Reservoir Article

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Weston Reservoir
Location Weston, Massachusetts,
United States
Coordinates 42°20′53″N 71°17′31″W / 42.34806°N 71.29194°W / 42.34806; -71.29194
WESTON RESERVOIR Latitude and Longitude:

42°20′53″N 71°17′31″W / 42.34806°N 71.29194°W / 42.34806; -71.29194
Type Reservoir
Primary inflows240 million US gallons per day (910 ML/d)
Primary outflows240 million US gallons per day (910 ML/d)
Catchment area60 acres (24 ha)
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length≈2.2 mi (3.5 km)
Max. width≈1.6 mi (2.6 km)
Surface area≈3.5 sq mi (9.1 km2)
Average depth58 ft (18 m)
Max. depth110 ft (34 m)
Water volume200×10^6 US gal (0.76 hm3)
Shore length1≈4 mi (6.4 km)
Surface elevation200 ft (61 m)
Settlements Weston
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

The Weston Reservoir is part of the greater Boston water supply maintained by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. It is located in central Weston, with its principal public access point on Ash Street.

Until the 1960s, the Weston Reservoir was one of two primary distribution reservoirs close to Boston, receiving water from the Sudbury Reservoir via the Weston Aqueduct (placed in service in December 1903). In the 1930s the system was extended to include water from the Quabbin Reservoir, delivered to the Sudbury Reservoir via the Wachusett Reservoir and Wachusett Aqueduct. Ths system has since the mid-20th century been upgraded to use completely underground facilities downstream of the Wachusett Reservoir. The Weston Reservoir remains a backup connection to two underground storage tanks near the Massachusetts Turnpike elsewhere in Weston.

Walkers extensively use the area around the Weston Reservoir. This reservoir is maintained by the MWRA along with other open distribution reservoirs (Sudbury, Foss, Brackett, Stearns, Norumbega, Waban, Spot Pond, Chestnut Hill and Middlesex Fells) as a backup distribution system. The grounds of this reservoir are also used by the MWRA's Emergency Service Unit for training and storage of emergency trucks and equipment.

Metropolitan Water District map, 1910