Portable toilets (at left) were recently installed at Blue Hill Public Library. PHOTO BY JENNIFER OSBORN

Plumbing problem affected library well

BLUE HILL — The Blue Hill Public Library had been having water issues thought to be related to the summer drought but which turned out to be a plumbing problem.

“What looked and acted like insufficient water coming from the well was actually a plumbing malfunction that mimicked running out of water,” Library Director Rich Boulet posted on social media Wednesday.

Running out of water is a concern because the library is a public institution and its water supply is certified by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

“If we ran dry, which we didn’t, we’d have to get our well recertified,” Boulet said. Recertification also is a costly process, the director said.

The library ordered two portable toilets for patrons to use and placed jugs of water at fountains.

“The library is operating as normal,” Boulet said. “We were just being careful not to run dry.”

The library does have two new neighboring wells. George Stevens Academy has a well at its new dormitory on Tenney Hill and the American Legion Hall across the street also has a new well.

“Maybe that’s affecting the aquifer?” Boulet said. “There’s no way of knowing.”

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