Residents of three Lincoln Streets will need to boil their water, until further notice.

UPDATE: As of Friday morning, 5/21, the boil water order for Lincoln's Taylor Street neighborhood is lifted, and residents can start using their tap water again. 

Nancy, who is the Assistant Superintendent at the Lincoln Water District, told us today that the boil water order affects residents of Taylor Street, Mattanawcook Street, and Tucker Ridge Road. Water is shut off, temporarily, while a water main break is repaired. Once it's fixed and the water comes back on, however, residents will have to boil their water until it can be tested.

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The U.S.CDC has recommendations for people under a boil water order:

  • Use bottled or boiled tap water for drinking and cooking.
  • To sanitize tap water, keep it at a full, rolling boil for at least 1 minute and then allow it to cool before use.
  • Even if you have a filtration system on your tap water, it should be boiled before it's used.
  • Don't use water from any appliance, like a refrigerator, without boiling it first.
  • Brush your teeth with boiled, cooled water.
  • You can shower or bathe, as long as you're very careful not to ingest any water.
  • Clothes can be washed in the water, but consider using paper dinnerware to avoid having to do dishes.
  • Pets should also be given bottled or boiled water (that has been allowed to cool) as the same germs that can harm humans could also hurt your animals.

Once the boil water order has been lifted, the water will be safe to use. Questions should be directed to the Lincoln Water District at 207-794-2921.

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