Boil Water Order Issued for Berwick, Maine
Water woes continue in Berwick with a Boil Water Order issued for all water to be consumed.
"The Berwick Water Plant has had issues with turbidity meters. Because of this, we can not be sure the water in the system does not exceed the allowable levels. The Water Department is taking manual reads at the plant on-going," read the announcement.
Turbidity meters measure the amount of suspended solid particles in water.
Customers should boil water to be used for drinking, making ice cubes, washing foods, brushing teeth, or any other activity involving the consumption of water for one minute.
The Berwick Water Department has had issues with the Manganese level in its water because of a slowdown in the flow of the Salmon River. The amount reached a level that was considered unsafe for consumption by children, but dropped in mid-August as drought conditions eased.
Manganese is a mineral found in water that can cause stains in laundry, scaling in plumbing, and give it a bad smell or taste, according to an explainer by the Minnesota Department of Health. It can be harmful to one's health above the EPA's standard.
The area of the Maine-New Hampshire border is now considered abnormally dry by the US Drought Monitor in its latest map issued Thursday. Most of the Seacoast region is still in a moderate drought, except for northern Strafford County.