Water Board

Forum To Discuss the Health Effects of Plastic Lined Pipes on Drinking Water.

May 2, 2017 5:00 to 6:30, Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility, Cambridge Water Department, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge

The Water Board has invited two experts to describe their research and concerns on the possible health effects of chemicals released from plastic lined water pipes under consideration to repair large water main pipes in Cambridge. 

One presenter Dr. Joan Ruderman, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, is a biologist currently at Princeton and previously a professor of cell biology at Harvard Medical School. She will describer her research on the effects of plastic on the molecular mechanisms that drive cell division and the effects of endocrine disrupters that mimic the actions of estrogen, testosterone and other hormones and their effect on human health.

Dr Andrew Whelton is an environmental engineer and a Purdue University faculty member in the Dept of Civil, Environmental and Ecological Engineering. His expertise focuses on infrastructure, the environment and public health with specific emphasis on emerging health and environmental risks associated with technology.  Presently he is leading a major rapid response project to elucidate the environmental and occupational exposure risks of cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) water infrastructure repair technology.  This is the kind of technology that is under consideration for use in Cambridge.


The Cambridge Water Board is a five member board of Cambridge residents appointed by the City Manager. The Managing Director has full power to make all necessary repairs, extensions or improvements on the works, and to provide new supply pipes. All hydrants, standpipes and drinking fountains, established by the City, shall be constructed, and all repairs upon such hydrants, standpipes and drinking fountains made, and the streets repaired under authority of the Managing Director.