The tap water in Boston is now safe to drink again. The biggest disappointment through this whole thing has been MIT’s reaction to the state of emergency. Cambridge has its own water supply, so those living there were not affected. However, plenty of students live in Somerville or Boston, including some sorority and fraternity members.
Boston University sent its students tons of emails and made automated phone calls. MIT tested its emergency alert system the week before (and it seemed to be working well). It sent no emails about the water until Monday (the whole thing started Saturday). Monday’s email started with "If you were affected by the boiled water order…” Thanks for letting us know, MIT!