Nov 16, 2020

Testing Shows No Contaminants in Maine Town Drinking Water

The "Do Not Drink" order in Skowhegan, Maine remains but could be lifted soon

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Initial testing of the public water supply in Skowhegan, Maine has revealed no contaminants, according to officials with Maine Water Co., reported Central Main News.

According to a statement released by the company, Skowhegan’s “Do Not Drink” order remained in effect but could be lifted as soon as Nov. 16 evening. The problem with the water was detected late Nov. 12 afternoon when Maine Water Co.’s Skowhegan Division notified Maine CDC’s Drinking Water Program of a complaint from a customer of an unusual taste and odor coming from the faucet.

The Skowhegan Police and Fire departments helped distribute bottled drinking water to the town’s 6,000 residents as the search continued for the source of a public water contamination. This contamination led the state to recommend late Nov. 12 that no one drink the town’s tap water.

The water could be used for nonconsumption purposes including: bathing, laundry and dishwashing.

Potable water has been available to residents at the Skowhegan Community Center on Poulin Drive since the discovery, however. Water was distributed from Nov. 13-15 and will be available Nov. 16 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Maine Water Co. is working with the state CDC’s Drinking Water Program and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to investigate the cause of the sheen on the surface of the town’s supply ponds, reported Central Maine News.

Maine Water Co.’s initial readings indicated no regular drinking water contaminants in Upper Pond and Lower Pond, which are the primary water sources for Skowhegan’s system when the situation was reported, according to Maine Water Co.

Maine Water Co. switched the water source from the ponds to the Kennebec River on Nov. 13.

“With the switch in the supply source and the flushing completed, we expect another good lab report by the close of business on Monday,” said Rick Knowlton, president of Maine Water Co. “That would allow for the removal of the ‘do not drink’ order.”

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