Boil-water order still in place in Townsend - Sentinel & Enterp...

Town officials have used all forms of media at their disposal to announce the ongoing order to boil water drawn from the public water supply that is used for cooking and drinking, said Town Administrator Gregory W. Barnes. Full Story

Fitchburg, MA

#1 Oct 1, 2009
You can see they are already back pedaling, now they are saying it was the 28th the contamination was first discovered, and have changed their story from the original report when it was the 24th.

People rightly questioned why it took them a week to get the word out.

Where is the Water Super? He has been unable during this whole period of time. Is Townsend sharing that position with someone like the School district is?

Either way, it's a sad time for Townsend, in Fitchburg we know we cannot drink the water, but Townsend always had a great water system and could be trusted.

I guess those days are over as well. At least Townsend learned from their mistakes during the ice storm, and have tried to warn their residents.

Windham, NH

#2 Oct 1, 2009
The public water in Townsend is some of the best around.*All* water distribution systems have problems once in a while, even Townsend's.

Sudden depressurization of a system can release otherwise safely trapped material into the stream. A water main break is usually the problem, and I believe was in fact largerly the problem in this case.

This is very temporary, and the wells are still just as great as ever.

The Town did a great job in getting the word out using every possible outlet, once the information was available.

As far as I know, no one has become sick.

Arlington, MA

#3 Oct 1, 2009
so we can't drink the water,but we are billed for the water. where is the bottled water to replace what we're billed for? we're buying water from the tap and the grocery store. i'm billed twice? i'm confused.

Maynard, MA

#4 Oct 1, 2009
I am uncomfortable with massive chlorine treatment, but even worse is fluoride. Townsend assured me that they do not add fluoride to the water supply - I am hopeful that this is true.

Hamilton, MA

#5 Oct 1, 2009
I agree with IslandRadio.. has it right! Thirsty, stop being confused, suck it up with your bottled water you'll get over it. whiney little b!tches.
Mo Ron

Rockville, MD

#6 Oct 1, 2009
Thristy wrote:
so we can't drink the water,but we are billed for the water. where is the bottled water to replace what we're billed for? we're buying water from the tap and the grocery store. i'm billed twice? i'm confused.
Turn off the faucet!

West Roxbury, MA

#7 Oct 1, 2009
Hey can always boil the water ya know. Then it is perfectly safe to use.

And Jim...try decaf would ya? Folks like you come out of the woodwork to moan at the slightest inconvenience.
Kathy Sapulding

Westminster, MA

#8 Oct 1, 2009
Can you please state how long water must boil to be safe?

Gardner, MA

#9 Oct 1, 2009
Correct Water Boiling Time
whole forests have been cut down for firewood in order to boil drinking waterThe correct amount of time to boil water is 0 minutes. Thats right, zero minutes.

"According to the Wilderness Medical Society, water temperatures above 160 F (70 C) kill all pathogens within 30 minutes and above 185 F (85 C) within a few minutes. So in the time it takes for the water to reach the boiling point (212 F or 100 C) from 160 F (70 C), all pathogens will be killed, even at high altitude."
Ashby Man

Arlington, MA

#10 Oct 2, 2009
Mo Ron wrote:
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Turn off the faucet!

i thimk the point was that other when towns have a boiling order, the town provides drinking water. at pickup points.instead of buying it at the store

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