Arlington – A new message has emerged about the water quality report from the Mystic River Watershed Association which says that it is highly unlikely for you to grow a third arm after swimming in the Mystic River these days. In the year 2014 the Mystic River was given grade B+ and higher something that meant that it was safe for swimming and boating at 95 percent and 85 percent respectively.
The streams that drain their waters in the Mystic River however had a different story. Arlington’s Mill Brook and Alewife Brook got D and D- grades respectively. In less than 50 percent last year these Mystic river tributaries were considered unsafe for human activities.
The executive director of MRWA EkOngKar Singh Khalsa said that the development was not new in some respects. The organization had in previous years lumped together all its water quality measurements from various parts of the Mystic River and its tributaries.
The executive director of MRWA also feared that Arlington’s aging complex sewer infrastructure may be polluting Arlington’s major water bodies. He said that the storm sewers and sewage pipes are between 50 to 100 years old are vulnerable to cracks, rust, and in some instances even a few accidental or even illegal sewer connections may cause leakage that will eventually end up on the water bodies.
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Fixing the Arlington’s extensive sewer pipes is a different story because it will be too costly and also require so much effort. It is estimated that it may take up to 20 years to fully rehabilitate Arlington’s sewers.