AUGUSTA — A boil-water order has been issued for residents of parts of three Augusta streets after a water pipe broke Monday while being repaired.

The Greater Augusta Utility District issued the order shortly after 6 p.m. to those living on parts of Haskell and Malta streets and residents between 175 and 255 Cony St.

The order advised water should be boiled for at least five minutes before being used for drinking, making ice cubes, washing food, brushing teeth or any other activity involving water consumption.

The district said Cony High School at 60 Pierce Drive was not affected.

Brian Tarbuck, general manager of the Greater Augusta Utility District, wrote in an email the district has had leaks over the years in the water line on Haskell Street. During the course of work Monday, the pipe broke while being fixed, as did the valve to isolate the pipe.

The boil-water order is the result of the loss of water pressure.


Tarbuck said water pressure to hydrants in the area was being restored Monday evening, ensuring fire protection was not at risk.

Boil-water notices were distributed by hand Monday, and the Maine Public Utilities Commission and the Maine Drinking Water Program were notified.

Tarbuck said bacteria samples are to be collected Tuesday morning, with the results of testing expected by midday Wednesday.

Anyone with questions about the notice can call Tarbuck at 207-622-3701, or the Drinking Water Program at 207-287-2070 during normal business hours.

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