A Message From Kennebec Water District

Due to the presence of firefighting foam in the water distribution system, all customers are asked not to drink the water or use it for any purpose that will result in consumption. During the morning of May 22, 2023, firefighting foam entered the water distribution system at the location of a structure fire at 60 Elm Street in Waterville. While the extent of the contamination is unclear, out of an abundance of caution, Kennebec Water District is issuing a system wide Do Not Drink Order. Kennebec Water District staff are at various locations flushing the contamination out of the system. This Do not Drink Order will remain in place until water quality tests demonstrate the water is safe to drink. Kennebec Water District staff have received guidance on testing and flushing from the Maine CDC. While the firefighting foam is biodegradable and PFAS free, it is not safe for human consumption. Water should not be used for making ice cubes, food preparation, brushing teeth or any other activity involving the consumption of water. The water is safe for bathing and cleaning. The issue appears to be primarily limited to the Elm Street and Main Street areas in Waterville. Flushing is currently in progress at multiple locations. If you experience unusual foaming in your water run your cold water for 15-20 minutes from a bathtub or outside spigot. If foaming persists, please contact us at 207-872-2763. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.