What started as a routine flushing of the fire hydrants in Howland has resulted in a boil water order and even no water for some residents.

The progression of the water issue in Howland is apparent in the Facebook posts on the town's page. It began with the flushing of fire hydrants, which is a needed maintenance chore that's done on a regular basis. Public works cautioned residents that between October 31st and November 11th, they may notice some discoloration to their water, but that it would still be safe to drink.

A few hours later, they updated the information by saying that they had run into complications and were aware of some areas experiencing low water pressure, while still others had no water pressure. The Town advised residents to boil their water for five minutes before using it, until further notice.

The next update was good news. They had isolated the leak and were reporting a return to water pressure for everyone, except those who live in the Pleasant Street area. Those folks would have to wait a little longer until crews could isolate and repair the leak. They reminded everyone of the boil water order.

This was followed by the not-so-good news that another leak had been discovered and the pumps could not keep up with the leaks. Crews are working on resolving the issue, but it's going to take some time to locate and repair the problems with the water lines.

In the meantime, a water tanker is set up in the Howland High School parking lot and residents who are without water are encouraged to bring empty containers to fill up there. Howland remains under a boil water order, with residents advised to boil their tap water for at least 5 minutes before drinking it.

There's no word on when the water service will be restored, but updates will be posted on the Town of Howland's website and Facebook page.

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