The Associated Press

Quabbin Reservoir Tests Normal After Trespassing

BELCHERTOWN, Mass. — Testing done on water samples from the Quabbin Reservoir showed no abnormalities after seven people were seen at a reservoir park entrance shortly after midnight, officials said Wednesday.

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority said water quality samples were analyzed at its lab Tuesday and all came back normal after the alleged trespassing incident.

The central Massachusetts reservoir supplies drinking water to Boston.

State police spokesman David Procopio said a trooper saw two cars parked at a reservoir park entrance at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, then saw five young men and two young women walking toward them from the reservoir. Procopio said Tuesday that the men told police they recently graduated from chemical engineering programs and were curious about the reservoir.

Procopio said they are from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Singapore with addresses in Amherst, Cambridge, Sunderland and Northampton, and New York City. He said law enforcement databases show no warrants, detainers or advisories on them.

In a statement Wednesday, the authority said it uses a 24-hour “state-of-the-art, real-time monitoring system” that detects abnormalities immediately. The water is tested daily for its biological, chemical and physical properties.

As an extra precaution, water quality samples were analyzed at the authority’s lab after the incident.

“As is our protocol, when anything unusual occurs, we conducted additional testing for a wider range of potential contaminants in more locations,” the Water Resources Authority said in its statement.

“There is no evidence of any water quality issues at the Quabbin Reservoir following the trespassing incident,” the authority said.

State police did not release the names of the seven people. Procopio said they will face trespassing charges at a later date.

Greg Comcowich, a spokesman for the Boston FBI, said the FBI was notified about the incident, which he said is routine when “critical infrastructure” such as water supplies or electrical systems are involved. He would not comment on the incident.

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  • nearboston

    Nothing to see here…. young Chemical Engineers from Muslim countries, coming together from 5 different cities and towns in the Northeast, trespassing on the water supply for Boston, at midnight.

    • YerNeighbor

      Excellent! No beer in the car and everyone’s clothes intact… even just that makes this stand out.

      • David Landry

        What’s next? A plane full of chemical engineering grads flying over the Quabbin out of curiosity?! We need to be serious about these “incidents”

  • PatrioticDissent

    The cache of electronic and handwritten materials obtained by the SEALs includes numerous hallmark al Qaeda plots including attacks on infrastructure targets such as water supply…

  • Barbara Anderson

    You just can’t make this stuff up.

  • Karen Pooler

    Why isn’t this all over the media?

    • ew_3

      I live in MA, and can report that the local media totally ignored the fact they were Muslim and that some where chemical engineering graduates.

      BTW – the temp at that time of night was around 34F. Not exactly a nice warm night for a spring hike.

  • Cromulent

    Just Muslims being Muslim!

    • paulagoldman20

      What do you mean “Muslims being Muslim”. I am also very suspicious and edgy about Muslims. Are they all murderers?

      • Cromulent

        Of course not. My point was the perps can justify their behavior scripturally.

  • Leslie Correia

    After midnight? They just happened to decide to take a walk to the reservoir because of “curiosity”? And they all just happen to be from the Middle East? You would think after getting a college education here and after the Boston Bombings, they would be a bit smarter about not raising eyebrows..? What did they graduate from college with? Degrees in chemical engineering? oh boy….

    • Jake S

      Singapore isn’t in the Middle East.

      • Hamza Dawud F.

        Neither is Pakistan!

      • Don Lond

        Yet the common bond is…? Shhhh!

  • Lisa Lombard

    Remember the first terrorist in Boston was picked up for questioning he was a boxer in Lowell and then released and we ended up with the bombings in Boston, we have to be very careful with all of this stuff. Our water was brown today and believe you me, I was very upset.

  • Jack Hamm

    Why not release the names of the alleged “trespassers”?

    • Jake S

      Until they have been accused of a crime, it would be wrong to release their names.

      • dust truck

        Nah, vigilante justice is much more fun than that thing you liberals call “justice”. STRING EM UP!

        • Jake S

          Yes, that sure is the American way. Guilty until proven innocent, no right to trial, no lawyer. The Founding Fathers would be turning in their graves.

  • paulagoldman20

    That was a potentially dangerous situation. Fortunately the water supply was neither contaminated or poisoned.
    Sadly, at this time we must be even more vigilant. I do not think any of us will forget the Marathon of 2013.

  • John M Cogswell Jr

    I’d like to know what their immigration status is. Are they here on Student Visas? Midnight stroll at Quabbin? Yeah these people just got bumped to the top of the DHS Watchlist. Way to go.

  • Don Lond

    Quabbin is a massive reservoir and takes hours to traverse with the limited small motors allowed. The shore line is massive, so I have to wonder how the authorities could ever make such an absolute statement as to the total reservoir’s water purity with such quick testing? There are far too many unanswered questions with this event, not the least is why such hyper-obvious suspects were released until a through investigation was made.

  • Mike DeDominic

    Massacheusetts is just being Massacheusetts, give them the benefit of a doubt, sure,
    then blame anything bad that happens on Bush. But don’t worry, Janet Napolitano is on the case. Homeland Security is working up talking points just to be on the safe side.

  • denbren52

    I would be concerned that they tossed in a container designed to disintegrate over time and release whatever is inside. You know, the kind of experiment a chemical engineer form a Muslim country would perform while trespassing in a major metropolitan reservoir at midnight. I would not feel safe drinking Boston’s water for a long time.

  • David F

    Here’s a joke:

    Seven Muslim chemical engineers are seen leaving a major metropolitan reservoir after midnight.


    The state police let them go…

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