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MEMA and Maine CDC Urge York County Residents to Check Well Water


May 17, 2006


AUGUSTA, MAINE -- Officials at the Maine Emergency Management Agency and Maine Center for Disease Control are cautioning York County residents whose well-heads may have been flooded to consider sending a sample of their well water to be tested for possible bacterial contamination.

MEMA Director Art Cleaves and Maine CDC Director Dr. Dora Anne Mills urged residents to be cautious and not take chances with well water that may have been contaminated as a result of recent heavy rains and flooding. "If you think your well head was below water or if your water has had changes in odor or taste, it is best to be safe by obtaining water from a known safe source for drinking, cooking, and food preparation or boiling your water for five minutes before use. A sample should also be sent out for testing," Dr. Mills and Director Cleaves said Wednesday.

Questions about drinking water quality can be directed to the State Drinking Water Program at 207-287-2070 during business hours, or at 207-557-4214 for after-hours emergencies. Residents should look in the Yellow Pages under “Water Analysis” or contact the State Health and Environmental Testing Lab (HETL) at 287-1716 for obtaining water quality tests on well samples.

More information on well water precautions, mold contamination, and flood insurance issues can also be found on the Maine State website at: MEMA:
Maine CDC:
Drinking Water Program:



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