Drinking Water Orders

Last updated: March 17, 2014 10:20 AM

Do Not Drink Orders

System PWS Type PWSID Town County Date Issued Portion Affected Reason
SEBAGO LAKE LODGE CONDO OWNERS ASSOC NC ME0016855 WINDHAM CUMBERLAND March 5, 2014 Entire System Treatment System Malfunction
SUNNY GABLES- GLENBURN HOUSING C ME0090615 GLENBURN PENOBSCOT February 26, 2014 Entire System Treatment System Malfunction
US BORDER STATION-JACKMAN NC ME0094029 SANDY BAY TWP SOMERSET February 25, 2014 Entire System Possible Contamination of Water with Snow/Debris
DAMARISCOTTA MONTESSORI SCHOOL NTNC ME0092509 NOBLEBORO LINCOLN January 24, 2014 Entire system Arsenic, Radon, & Bacteria issues

Boil Water Orders

System PWS Type PWSID Town County Date Issued Portion Affected Reason
WEST GATE VILLA MHP C ME0002390 CARIBOU AROOSTOOK March 17, 2014 Entire System Malfunctioning Chlorinator
HESLINS MOTEL NC ME0002302 CALAIS WASHINGTON July 22, 2013 Entire system E Coli Positive
MERRIMANS COVE ASSOCIATION INC NC ME0092473 HARPSWELL CUMBERLAND July 2, 2013 Entire system Potential surface water contamination

 

Do Not Use Orders

System PWS Type PWSID Town County Date Issued Portion Affected Reason

When an order is issued:

In general, an Order is issued if an event occurs which could introduce contaminants to the system (such as failure of chlorination equipment or increase in turbidity) or if the presence of fecal coliform and/or E. coli is detected during recheck sampling. An Order can be voluntarily imposed by the water system or issued by the DWP.

The Drinking Water Program has had a Boil Water Order policy in place for many years to help the Drinking Water Program and public water systems to make these important decisions. Recently, Drinking Water Program staff have been working on an updated policy that includes "Do Not Drink" and "Do Not Use" Orders. This updated policy is now known as the Drinking Water Order Policy.

Although much of the policy is very similar to the previous version, there have been some important changes that you should be aware of including:

  1. In many cases a Boil Water Order due to chlorination failure may be lifted simply by restoring the chlorination to the proper level.
  2. The new policy gives additional guidance on how to identify the risk of contamination entering the water system during a loss of pressure (main break, well pump failure). The policy also provides information on how to reduce and mitigate that risk so a Boil Water Order might not be needed.

Frequently Asked Questions about Coliform bacteria and Boil Water Orders

Guidance for eating establishments during and after a Boil Water Order (pdf file)

Boil Water Order Fact Sheet (pdf)

Boil Water Order Posting Template (pdf)

Do Not Drink Order Posting Template (pdf)

Do Not Use Order Posting Template (pdf)

Protecting Public Health During Chlorination Disinfection System Failures

Protecting Public Health During UV Disinfection System Failures

Responding to Loss of Pressure Events (Large Water Systems)

Responding to Loss of Pressure Events (Small Water Systems)

 

 

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