Update: Broken main prompts boil-water order

Public works employees work to fix a broken water main on Deane Street Tuesday morning. The break had been fixed by mid-afternoon, but a boil-water was issued until the water could be tested for bacteria.

ELLSWORTH — City crews repaired a broken water main on Deane Street Tuesday, but residents were being told to boil any water they use until tests can determine it’s safe to drink again.

The break was located on Deane Street, between Hancock Street and High Street, according to City Manager Michelle Beal. She said crews found that “frost drove a big rock into the bottom of the main and split it.”

About 20 residential customers were affected, as were Denny’s restaurant and The Meadows apartments. Denny’s closed Tuesday morning as a result of the break, and remained closed Tuesday afternoon.

Crews attempted to fix the break without shutting off the water, but were unable to do so. State law requires a boil-water order to be issued in such cases.

Beal said that boil-water order remains in effect until the city gets test results back that show there are no harmful bacteria in the water.

The testing process typically takes 18 to 24 hours, and samples were sent out mid-afternoon on Tuesday.

The boil-water order, a copy of which is posted on the city’s website, directs water users to boil all water for at least five minutes before any activity “involving consumption of water.”

Examples given include brushing teeth and making ice cubes.

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Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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