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Perry Selectmen Warn Residents Of Water Results - Oct. 14, 2013

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE TOWN OF PERRY SELECTMEN:

The Perry Board of Selectmen has just learned that tests conducted on seven of your neighbors' wells, prior to the recent 10-day pump test conducted in the area, have determined the water is undrinkable.

Their wells are contaminated with coliform bacteria.

It is unclear what has caused this. However, because this issue is affecting
multiple property owners in your neighborhood on the South Meadow and Golding Roads, we feel compelled to share this information with you and we recommend that you consider boiling your drinking water for at least one minute until such time that you are able to determine if your well is clear.

Again, it is unclear what may have caused this in your neighbors' wells.

Apparently the presence of coliform bacteria in a well is not uncommon.

However, the Selectmen are concerned that having multiple wells in a small
geographic area with coliform bacteria levels so high that the water is deemed
undrinkable poses a public health concern.

Unfortunately, we learned about this Saturday evening in the midst of a holiday weekend, thus we are unable to reach state officials until Tuesday.

For more information, here is a link to a document from the
Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Coliform Bacteria.
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/public-health-systems/health-and-environmentaltesting/
colibact.htm

We will hold a special meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, October 15th at 7 pm.

In the meantime, we will be in touch with the State and see if we can better advise you on what steps you may want to take.

If you have any questions or concerns prior to that time, please contact Selectman Karen Raye at 207-853-9406 or Selectman Scott MacNichol at 207-214-9560. Thank you.