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March 26, 2019

Leaks Can Cost You!

June Thomas, Yarmouth Water District Household plumbing leaks can waste huge amounts of water.  According to the EPA, 10,000 gallons per household are year wasted due to plumbing leaks.  An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure or a costly water bill.  Here are some tips to help find leaks and DIYs […]

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January 9, 2019

How to Prevent Freezing Pipes and the Destruction They Can Cause

From the EJP Blog Uh oh! It’s looking like it may be a cold winter this year. One of the biggest concerns homeowners frequently run into over the winter is frozen pipes. When the water in your pipes freezes, they can burst under the pressure from the ice as it freezes or thaws. Fortunately, there […]

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December 10, 2018

Tiny Plastic Everywhere

Sophia Scott, Source Water Protection Coordinator, Maine CDC Drinking Water Program A version of this article first appeared in the Drinking Water Program’s quarterly newsletter, the Service Connection (Volume 26, Issue 3). Concern over plastic pollution is not breaking news. Plastic use is so widespread that some have dubbed our current era as the “Plastic […]

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April 30, 2018

Lessons learned from the largest waterborne outbreak in U.S. history

Carrie Lewis, General Manager at the Portland Water District and previous Superintendent at Milwaukee Water Works Twenty-five years ago 400,000 people fell ill and 50 people died in one of the deadliest waterborne disease outbreaks in U.S. history.  This April marks the 25th anniversary of the Cryptosporidium outbreak in Milwaukee WI. Cryptosporidium is a parasite […]

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April 10, 2018

Toilet-to-Tap

We hear about water crises every day from the South African city of Cape Town’s reserve running dry as of April 12th, to the severe droughts in California causing wildfires, to the Siberian winters that make it impossible for pipes not the freeze and provide water to Russian citizens. We are very lucky to have […]

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January 22, 2018

What’s the deal with “raw” water?

Mary Jane Dillingham – Water Quality Manager, Lewiston Water Division, Auburn Water District   I wouldn’t approach a body of water and drink directly from it. The recent uprising of the “raw” water fad is somewhat frightening.  “Raw” means the water has not been processed or purified.  While the raw water being sold, at a […]

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December 21, 2017

Is your water bill getting you down? Plant a tree!

Sophia Scott – Source Water Protection Coordinator, ME CDC Drinking Water Program   While not as straight forward as planting a tree in your backyard, a new study from the U. S. Forest Service and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) highlights the influence of a forested watershed on keeping water treatment costs down. Lower water treatment costs at […]

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December 3, 2017

Where does American Stand? : Water Infrastructure Report 2017

Americans have the great privilege of drinking, utilizing, and reveling in safe, potable water. This drinking water often comes from the vast 1 million miles of pipe line maintained by municipalities, water districts, and privatized businesses alike. In June 2017 the Value of Water Campaign unveiled national poll results demonstrating the extreme importance of rebuilding […]

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December 3, 2017

Lead in Water: What went wrong in Flint, MI and what does it mean for Maine?

While the media coverage of the Flint, Michigan crisis has started to die down the health concerns associated with elevated lead levels in water still exist. For more information about the true story associated with the Flint, MI tragedy the PBS, NOVA video, Poisoned Water provides an in depth view into how the lead in […]

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