According to WABI TV 5, the Maine CDC has issued a 'do not drink' order for residents in Skowhegan. The order currently affects about 6,000 customers of Maine Water Company's Skowhegan division.

The do not drink order went into effect Thursday night after CDC officials were able to confirm reports that a customer had been experiencing an unusual taste and odor in their water. Upon further investigation it was found that multiple nearby ponds that supply some of the drinking water had a sheen on them.

As of now, the ponds have been cut off from the water plant and only water from the Kennebec River will be used to make drinking water, however the do not drink order still currently stands. The CDC says residents should not use water for drinking, making ice cubes, teeth brushing or anything else that could cause ingestion of the water. However, authorities do say that showering and laundry are okay. For everything else, you should be using bottled water. The Maine CDC is working on getting bottled water supplied to the Skowhegan customers.

For more information on where they are at with getting the water sourcing switched over and when it may be safe to consume again, residents are encouraged to check back in with the Maine Water website where they will be posting updates and alerts about the current situation in Skowhegan.

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