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UPDATED: Bottled Water and Water Test Kit Availability

 

May 1, 2008

10:00 AM

 

AUGUSTA, MAINE – Bottled water is currently or will be available today in four Aroostook County towns for those whose private wells may have been impacted by the recent flooding. Distribution locations are listed below. Water test kits will also be available, provided by the MaineCDC. Residents should check with town officials on availability and testing procedures.

Bottled water is currently available at Fort Kent and Van Buren; it is BEING DELIVERED TODAY to Allagash and St. Francis.

MaineCDC recommends that if a private well has been flooded, bottled water be used for drinking until test results are received OR that water be disinfected before drinking. Information in English and French on drinking water safety is available at: http://www.maine.gov/mema

The bottled water may be picked up at the locations below. Water test kits will also be made available in these communities; check with town officials on availability and testing procedures.

  • Van Buren: Fire Station (bottled water and test kits)

  • Allagash: Town Office (bottled water and test kits)

  • St. Francis: Town Office (bottled water and test kits)

  • Fort Kent: Bottled water at the American Red Cross Shelter at University of Maine Fort Kent, and the Paradis Shop and Save. Water test kits at the Town Office.

Once a water test kit has been filled with sample water, it must be tested within 24 hours. Residents will be instructed where to return the kits.

Individuals will be contacted if the water test kits indicates contamination, and receive instructions on disinfecting the well.

For more information on water testing, visit: http://wellwater.maine.gov

Bottled water has been donated to the affected areas by Poland Spring and Hannaford Brothers.

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Contact:

Lynette Miller
207-624-4420

 

Last update: 07/20/10