Cumberland water main repaired, boil alert continues

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CUMBERLAND — A water main break on Winn Road was repaired Thursday morning, but a boil water order remained in place until Thursday night.

School Administrative District 51 schools were closed Thursday because of the water restrictions.

The Portland Water District reported the break near Longwoods Road around noon Wednesday, Town Manager Bill Shane said. About 600 homes in the center of town were affected by the break, which required Winn Road to be closed and traffic detoured. 

The boil order was in effect for:

• Blanchard Road from Main Street to 127 Blanchard Road and all side streets.

• Main Street from Blanchard Road North to Greely Road and all side streets.

• Greely Road Extension from Main Street to 374 Greely Road Extension and all side streets.

• Greely Road southeast 6,200 feet from Main Street to 212 Greely Road and all side streets.

Residents should boil water for one minute before drinking, making ice cubes, washing food, brushing teeth, or anything else that involves consuming water.

Boiling water kills organisms that could potentially be in the water. Water samples were being collected to determine when the order can be lifted.

The cause of the break remained unknown, Shane said.


A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.

  • Nonbeliever

    This is the second time this year that the town of Cumberland has lost water pressure. There were two boil orders on Peaks Island this year. A poor decision after a 30″ main break caused six other leaks. This summer the sewage plant odor problems were bad enough but nothing was ever said about the 30 DEP water violations that occurred. A $500,000 cost overrun at the water treatment plant last year. They have spent $100,000 trying to find a much needed new general manager. The first candidate refused the offer. The list of mismanagement goes on and on. They are no longer under PUC regulation. The board of trustees is made up of engineers and construction company owners who gain great benefits from the water district. This organization needs to be investigated. The management is totally inept and things are only going to get worse. There is only going to be more boil orders. The crews are made up of inexperienced workers who cause more problems than they fix.