When a Northeaster hits in the middle of January, Mainers are certainly familiar with the inconvenience of downed power lines and having the electricity go out. You really appreciate having electricity when you don’t have it for a few hours — and it’s always great to have those lights finally flicker back on after the crews finish their work in the freezing cold. Typically Mainers are forced to worry several times a year about their electricity going out, but they seldom ever bother to think about the fresh drinking delivered right to their taps. Thank goodness service interruptions are, on the whole, extremely rare. When they do happen, however, you should know that Maine Water is always on call, as we were recently when a 100 year old water main broke in Rockport.
Thanks to THIS VIDEO by the PenBay Pilot, you can have an on-the-scenes view of what happened that night on Russell Avenue. You can also read all about it in their article, “Maine Water workers spend night fixing main leak.” To quote reporter Lydia Clancy, “Six hours and more than 58,000 gallons of released water later, they patched up and went home; but in the process, they saved the integrity of a road, and avoided a major water utility headache for Camden residents — most of whom slept through it all.”