Update: Boil water order for Portland islands could be lifted by Wednesday

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PORTLAND — Portland Water District spokeswoman Michelle Clements on Tuesday said a boil water order for Peaks Island, Little Diamond Island, and Cushing Island could be lifted by Wednesday morning, Sept. 7.

The order went into effect at 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5, following a water main break on Willis Street on Great Diamond Island, Clements said. The main had been repaired Tuesday morning.

“Now they are flushing and getting things back to normal,” Clements said.

PWD said consumers should boil water for one minute at a rolling boil before drinking, making ice cubes, washing food,  brushing teeth, or doing any other activity involving consumption of water. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms that could be in the water, the utility said.

Questions should be directed to the Portland Water District, State of Maine Drinking Water Program, at 761-8310, 287-2070 or customerservice@pwd.org.

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  • footballfan

    Second boil order for the islands this summer. Portland Water District is the most ineptly managed municipal organization in the state. One of their trustees is the president of D & C Construction, a company that has received millions of dollars in contracts from the water district during the past couple of years. A $500,000 cost overrun screwup at the water treatment plant, the odors and DEP permit violations at the sewer plant recently, spending customer money for a consultant to find a much needed new general manager then being unable to hire one. The list goes on and on. All of this mismanagement and now they are no longer under PUC supervision. Things are only going to get worse for the customers of the water district. Someone needs to conduct a thorough investigation.

  • footballfan

    First a boil order, then the water district management allows hateful racist graffiti on a wall it owns. The management here needs to go. An investigation into the operation of the water district needs to be conducted so the public knows where its money is going.