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  Cochituate and Sudbury Aqueducts

LOCATION: Run from Charles River on the west, through Newton, and on to Boston.

 
Photo of wildflowers
 

USGS map  

MBTA: a 0.5 mile walk from Newton Center Station, or

a 0.1 mile walk from Eliot Station, or

a 0.2 mile walk from Waban Station, or

Connects to: Cold Spring Park  Hemlock Gorge

ADMINISTERED BY: City of Newton and the MWRA

FEATURES:

You can walk a 7 mile circuit within Newton on both aqueducts. Or, you can take a 5 mile walk (returning by MBTA) from Waban to Chestnut Hill that begins on the Cochituate Aqueduct.

Cochituate Aqueduct Linear Open Space

Enters Quinobequin Road area in Waban at the foot of Varick Road, after crossing the Charles River from Wellesley over a low stone bridge. The water is pumped uphill. The public path runs through Waban, Cold Spring Park, Newton Highlands, and Newton Center Playground before it disappears in a tunnel through Waban Hill. Woodlands, pine forest, meadows.

Sudbury Aqueduct Linear Open Space

Enters Newton Upper Falls over Echo Bridge across the Charles River in Hemlock Gorge Reservation. Nearly joins Cochituate Aqueduct near Cold Spring Park, and disappears into a tunnel at Gray Cliff Road in Newton Center.

HISTORY:

1846-1848 Built to bring water to Boston's Chestnut Hill Reservoir from Lake Cochituate.
1952 City of Newton purchased aqueduct for sewer lines.
1867-1876 Built to bring water to Boston from the Sudbury Reservoir.
1978 Completion of Dorchester Tunnel allowed use of Sudbury Aqueduct to be discontinued. Aqueduct maintained by MWRA as backup source of water.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Exploring Newton's Historic Aqueducts (from the Spring 2006 Newsletter)

Why We Care About Newton's Aqueducts

Boston Globe article

Wikipedia:

Cochituate Aqueduct

Sudbury Aqueduct

History of the aqueducts

1993 art installation

Photographs of Cochituate Aqueduct

Photographs of Sudbury Aqueduct

Environmental Show video

MySecretBoston.com

Paths allow walking on the aqueducts in Wellesley

Aqueduct photo

 
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