This just two weeks after 7 Muslim chemical engineering recent graduates were caught snooping around Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts. Police claim there is no evidence of water tampering after three broken locks were discovered along the Hultman Aqueduct in Framingham on Monday. The Hultman Aqueduct Facility is one of the two main lines that carry drinking water from a treatment plant in Marlboro to the greater Boston area.
NBC News (h/t RevereRidesAgain) Utility crews noticed padlocks cut off three hatchways to the pipes. There is a half mile between each hatchway. Police said evidence suggests there was an attempt to cut a fourth lock. There were no other attempts to defeat additional security measures.
“That’s scary, that’s just scary,” said Mindy Zakrzewski, a scared resident. “I think we should be aware of the possibility that our infrastructure could be attacked and there are people that would like to attack our infrastructure.”
Massachusetts State Police said their investigation found no evidence of any crime other than vandalism. The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority released a statement Monday saying “There is no evidence that there was any attempt to disrupt or contaminate the water supply. MWRA’s real-time water quality monitoring shows no change in water quality nor any sign of contamination.”