Water and Sewer

Vekonda Luangaphay filed this request with the Boston Water and Sewer Commission of Boston, MA.


From: Vekonda Luangaphay

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, ยง10, I hereby request the following records:

Maintenance and Incidence reports on the water at public drinking fountains of Boston Public Parks dating from 2014 to most recent reports, for example the drinking fountain at the Esplanade.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.


Vekonda Luangaphay

From: Ryan Woods

To whom it may concern:

The Boston Water and Sewer Company forwarded me your Freedom of Information
request for the Water drinking fountains in Boston. I can only comment on
the water fountains on City of Boston owned parks property. The Esplanade
as you requested is part of the states's park system run by the Department
of Conservation and Recreation and not the City of Boston.

All drinking fountains in the City Operate from mid April through October.
They are still shut off for the winter and will be turned on starting next
week. It will take a couple weeks before all water drinking fountains are
functioning. This past year, the only maintenance requests we have
received are for a broken button that our trades division goes out to

There is one water drinking fountain at Roberto Clemente field in the Back
Bay Fens that will not be functioning next week when the water turns on for
the season as a new plastic pipe is installed this spring.

*Ryan Woods*
*Director of External Affairs*
*Boston Parks and Recreation Department*
*1010 Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd floor*
*Boston, MA 02118*
*(p) 617-961-3015*
*(c) 617-839-3741*
*(f) 617-635-3173*

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Randolph Dolores <randolphd@bwsc.org>
Date: Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 2:47 PM
Subject: Request for Information from Parks Department
To: Ryan Woods <ryan.woods@boston.gov>
Cc: Samantha Ormsby <samantha.ormsby@boston.gov>, "Bonnie McGilpin (
bonnie.mcgilpin@boston.gov)" <bonnie.mcgilpin@boston.gov>, "Laura K. Oggeri
(laura.oggeri@boston.gov)" <laura.oggeri@boston.gov>

Hi Ryan,

This request came into our office today. Our legal department reviewed and
requested that it be forwarded to the appropriate person at Parks
Department. I


From: Vekonda Luangaphay


Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it. I will forward my request to the state for now, and if I shall have any further questions with you, I will ask within two weeks.

Vekonda Luangaphay