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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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  • My wife and I go here for a walk very often Wonderfully serene. Easy walk and beautiful in the fall. Plenty of parking around the reservoir.  more »
  • I visited Chestnut Hill Reservoir on a pleasant summer evening and I instantly fell in love with the place. As you walk, you have the beautiful lake, which houses ducks, to the left and trees to the r...  more »
  • Chestnut Hill Reservoir has a 1.5 mile track going around it, surrounded by trees on the north and west sides. It's a nice place to go for a relaxing walk in the park when you need to get away from th...  more »