BRADLEY, Maine — A construction crew digging near the town’s lone water main hit it early Monday and knocked out water to all 300 or so homes in Bradley, said Frank Kearney Sr., superintendent of Old Town Water District.
“We had to de-water the whole down of Bradley” after the 10 a.m. water main break, he said. “We only have one pipe that supplies Bradley.”
As a precaution, residents are being told to boil their water before use.
“We are issuing an advisory not to drink the water or use it to brush teeth or cooking — any activity where you’re going to put it in your mouth,” Kearney said.
All water used for consumption should be boiled for at least three minutes.
The boil-water order will be in effect until tests show the water is safe to drink, which could take several days or maybe even a week or two, Kearney said.
The advisory states that the order is in effect “until further notice,” he noted. “The water district will be taking water samples … and will notify residents” when the order is lifted.
The construction crew was working in Milford on a pipe adjacent to the Bradley water main, which is located along Route 178. The broken pipe was fixed just after noon.
Those who have questions about the boil-water order can call the water district at 827-2145, or the state’s Drinking Water Program at 287-2070.