October 24, 2022
Since October 14, 2022, more than a dozen customers have contacted KWD regarding an earthly or musty taste and odor in the drinking water. These contacts have come from customers across KWD’s distribution system. While unpleasant, the source of the taste and odor is harmless and does not pose a health concern.
Following the increase in customer concerns, KWD’s water quality professionals increased routine monitoring both at the water treatment plant and within the distribution system. Every test result (including bacteria, pH, and chlorine testing) confirms KWD water continues to meets or exceeds the State and federal drinking water standards and the water is safe to drink and use as normal.
The harmless compounds responsible for this taste and odor come from naturally occurring algae present in China Lake (KWD’s sole source of water supply) throughout the year. However, due to the conditions of the lake in 2022, as well as normal seasonal changes, these algae are being found in higher concentrations at this time.
Unfortunately, KWD’s water treatment process does not effectively remove these odor compounds. Currently, KWD is in the process of flushing the distribution system and investigating other solutions to expedite the resolution.
In the meantime, customers affected by the taste and odor can take measures to reduce or mask the taste and odor including:
- chilling the water,
- adding ice cubes,
- adding a slice of lemon, or
- adding a few drops of lemon juice.
We appreciate your patience while we work through this issue. We are unsure how long this taste and odor will continue but based upon the experience of other water utilities, the duration will likely be a few weeks or less.
September 20, 2022
The Kennebec Water District will perform routine maintenance of the water system by opening fire hydrants September 26 through October 21, 2022. This work improves water quality by flushing sediment out of the water lines. Your drinking water may be discolored during this period. If any discoloration persists more than 24 hours, please call the Kennebec Water District office at 872-2763.
July 15, 2022
PUBLIC NOTIFICATION TEMPORARY FLUORIDATION SUSPENSION
Due to maintenance activities at the Kennebec Water District’s (KWD) Water Treatment Plant, the fluoridation adjustment in our communities’ drinking water will be temporarily suspended. During this time, the safety of the water will not be impacted and no change in the taste, smell or color will occur. Fluoridation adjustment is scheduled to be restored by 12/31/2022.
For more information on fluoridation of drinking water please visit the Maine DWP – Fluoride & Fluoridation page.
June 30, 2022
New rates are in effect as of July 1, 2022. Click here for more information.