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Chestnut Hill Reservoir, Boston

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Chestnut Hill Reservoir is a reservoir created in 1870 on existing marshes and meadowland to supplement the city of Boston's water needs. It is surrounded by Chestnut Hill, a neighborhood which consists of parts of Boston, Brookline, and Newton. The reservoir, though, is located entirely within the city limits of Boston. A 1.56 mile jogging loop abuts the reservoir. Chestnut Hill Reservoir was taken offline in 1978 as it was no longer needed for regular water supply distribution, but is maintained in emergency backup status. It is recognized today on the National Register of Historic Places and it has designation as a City of Boston Landmark.On May 1, 2010, the Chestnut Hill Reservoir was temporarily brought back online during a failure of a connecting pipe at the end of the MetroWest Water Supply Tunnel. The Sudbury aqueduct was also activated to feed Chestnut Hill from the Foss and Sudbury reservoirs to keep the supply going. Separately the Spot Pond reservoir, also an emergency source, was tapped during the pipe break incident. Though a boil-water order was issued for fear that the water would not be safe to drink, following heavy treatment with chlorine later tests showed the water to be completely safe for drinking.In mid April 2012, the body of a Boston College student who had been missing for seven weeks was found in the reservoir. Initial autopsy results were consistent with the student having accidentally drowned.
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  • An easy walk around the area near Boston College and Cleveland Circle. Closest green line T stops are either Reservoir or Cleveland Circle. The walk is about 1.5 miles and the path is mainly gravel. T...  more »
  • If you're looking for a level (once you get up there) walk of about 1.5 miles with nice views in the area, the Chestnut Hill Reservoir near Cleveland Circle and Boston College is right for you. Small ...  more »
  • I grew up in Chestnut Hill and we used to Go to the mall often. I still remember the beautiful dress my father bought me when I came home from College one summer. We bought it at the Chestnut Hill Mal...  more »

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