People in Boston need to have clean drinking water in their homes and businesses because of a new statewide water restrictions.
A new Boston City Council order directs the city to provide clean drinking and wastewater water to people with incomes of up to $300,000.
The order, signed Monday by Mayor Martin J. Walsh and City Councilor James Oddo, came after a public hearing in February.
Under the order, the city is requiring residents and businesses to use one of the two scv containers on the water distribution system, which also supplies drinking water to millions of Bostonians.
Scv is a synthetic version of tap water.
It comes in a plastic, plastic-lined glass bottle.
The scv container holds 2.5 to 5 liters of water.
The water is then pumped from the scvs water treatment plant to the drinking water system, where it is treated and bottled.
The scv is considered by the federal government to be a safe water source.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection said it has not had a single report of illness or death related to scv in Massachusetts.
City officials said the scvc container has been used in more than 1.2 million households since January and the scvd container has helped keep the city’s water supply safe and reliable for residents and business.
“The scvd is the water that’s being delivered by scv to households,” said Mary Gagliano, an associate director of the city water department.
“So the fact that the scvl container is also being used for the public good is something we are proud of.”
The scvl is not included in the scvt program and is not part of the public water supply.
The order also includes new regulations that require businesses that supply municipal water to offer the scvr container to anyone in their community.
It also calls for all businesses to install a water system that is watertight.
The new rules also require all companies to install the scvg container in the city limits.
The water supply has been in crisis for months.
The state has been shuttering the city as the state’s water distribution lines are shut down for repairs.
Boston Public Schools and other agencies have been forced to shut down classes, and the city has been dealing with water-quality concerns in the streets.
The city says the water shortage has led to an increase in asthma attacks.
The ban on using scv for the scvets purpose came after the Boston Water and Sewer Commission said it received nearly 200 reports of illness related to using scvc for water treatment in recent months.
The commission said the majority of those incidents involved individuals using scvl containers and scvc containers for drinking water, but it said some reported incidents related to food preparation.
The commissioner said the commission received some reports of illnesses related to use of scv and scvg containers, but did not specify which cases it was investigating.
Officials said it was unclear whether scv was responsible for any illnesses.
Citywide, the number of people who reported an illness due to use or consumption of scvc has increased by nearly 300 percent in the last six months, according to the Boston Public Health Commission.
The department is now recommending all businesses install a scv-only water system to protect the public.
It is also asking residents and those with income up to 250 percent above the poverty line to purchase a scvd.
The council’s water department said in a statement that the order will help provide clean, safe drinking water and sanitation for all of Boston.
“We will work with our businesses to make the most of this opportunity to ensure that the most vulnerable residents are provided safe, reliable water,” the statement said.