PARIS — The town’s water provider has issued a boil-water order for residents east of the Little Androscoggin River as a precaution after a water main on the East Main Street bridge broke Tuesday evening. 

The order affects residents with town-supplied water near the bridge. Residences affected include those on East Main Street beginning near Doughboys Variety Store and heading toward Hebron Road; on Buckfield Road to Emery Avenue, and along Hill Street from Buckfield Road to Pratt Lane. 

The order will be in effect until at least Thursday morning, when testing results will return, according to Paris Utility District plant manager Steve Arnold. 

The break has not stopped water from reaching homes, Arnold said.

Arnold said there doesn’t appear to be cause for alarm because chlorine is already in the water, though residents can expect water to appear cloudy. The order is standard procedure to eliminate the possibility of bacteria.

Arnold was unsure how the main broke, which happened sometime Tuesday evening. Crews are on scene and have stemmed the break. There was no timetable for when the repair work would be completed. 

Arnold said residents were notified Tuesday morning with via social media, radio and by leaflets delivered to homes and businesses.

For more information, contact the Paris Utility District at 743-6251

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