• sewage testing Jul 24, 2020

    Sewage in Maine to Be Tested to Determine Coronavirus Prevalence

    A water district in Maine is collecting sewage samples for testing to determine the prevalence of the coronavirus based on what’s being flushed down the toilet. The Greater Augusta Utility District began collecting samples of sewage this week at its wastewater treatment plant. Those samples are being sent to a Massachusetts company that’s pioneering efforts to test for traces...

  • Portland Jul 20, 2020

    Contaminated Water Forces Maine Beach Closure

    As New Englanders looked for ways to escape the heat over a weekend with temperatures in the nineties, Portlanders found the city’s East End Beach off limits after a power outage at a sewer plant Sunday morning caused an unknown amount of unsanitary wastewater to end up in Casco Bay adjacent to the beach.

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