Highland Lake Beach Testing

** MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT **

Highland Lake Beach Testing
Town of Bridgton
Wednesday, August 1st,

This morning we received the test results for the water at Highland Lake Beach. The testing found that the water’s e.coliform count was well below the acceptable limit and Highland Lake Beach will be reopening.

We were made aware of this issue by our routine water testing and we will continue to monitor our public beaches on a regular basis till Labor Day to keep them safe for public use.

We will be opening Highland Lake Beach for swimming immediately.

Highland Lake Beach Closing

Highland Lake Beach Closing
Town of Bridgton
Friday August 10, 2018

Testing performed on 8/09 has indicated an e.coliform count above the acceptable limit at Highland Lake Beach. We will be closing Highland Lake Beach immediately to swimming. Highland Lake Beach will remain open for picnicking and the boat launch will also stay open. The Town will send out samples to be tested  on Monday and will post the results of the testing once we receive them.

Highland Lake Beach Testing

** MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT **

Highland Lake Beach Testing
Town of Bridgton
Wednesday, August 1st, 

This morning we received the test results from the Paris Utility District for the water at Highland Lake Beach. The testing found that the water’s e.coliform count was well below the acceptable limit and Highland Lake Beach will be reopening.

We were made aware of this issue by our routine water testing and we will continue to monitor our public beaches on a regular basis till Labor Day to keep them safe for public use.

We will be opening Highland Lake Beach for swimming immediately.

Highland Lake Beach Closing

Highland Lake Beach Closing
Town of Bridgton
Tuesday, July 31st,

Testing performed on 7/30 has indicated an e.coliform count above the acceptable limit at Highland Lake Beach. We will be closing Highland Lake Beach immediately to swimming and will be moving the swimming lessons that are normally held at Highland Lake Beach to Salmon Point. Highland Lake Beach will remain open for picnicking and the boat launch will also stay open. The Town sent out samples to be tested today and will post the results of the testing once we receive them. An update will be posted on Facebook and our website by the end of the day tomorrow.

As of now, the cause of the high e.coliform count remains unknown but local fowl and low water levels may have played a role.

Woods Pond Beach Investigation Results

** MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT **

Woods Pond Investigation Results
Town of Bridgton
Monday, July 23,

According to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, norovirus was found in two human stool specimens submitted for testing which confirms that this was a Norovirus outbreak. As of 7/19/18, epidemiologists have identified 97 people who reported being ill and were associated with this outbreak.

The CDC’s epidemiological investigation found that people who put their heads under the water while swimming or swallowed water while swimming were at greater risk for infection. Of note, there were several people who were not at the beach who became ill after caring for someone who was ill.

According to the CDC,

Norovirus is very contagious and spreads easily from person to person. It is common in Maine and throughout the U.S.

  • Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping.  Symptoms generally start 24-48 hours after swallowing the virus, though it can appear earlier than that. Illness is usually not serious though people can feel very sick.  Most people get better within 1-2 days.
  • There is no treatment.  If you feel unwell, consulting with your medical provider is recommended.
  • You can decrease your chance of getting ill by washing your hands often with soap and water, carefully washing fruits and vegetables, and thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting contaminated surfaces.”

A Norovirus Fact Sheet from the Maine CDC can be found at: http://bridgtonmaine.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Norovirus_FS_2017.pdf

Woods Pond Test Results

Woods Pond Test Results

Town of Bridgton

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

 This morning we received the test results from Paris Utility District, 7 C.N. Brown Way, South Paris Maine for the Woods Pond swim area.  Test results were 3 E.Coliform, acceptable limit is 235 therefore PASSED.

While testing, we opted to include the water from the sinks in the bathroom, which is not for drinking and signed as such.  This test failed.  Therefore, we have shut the water supply off to the bathroom sinks and have made available hand sanitizers.

We will be opening the beach for swimming immediately.

We want to thank the public for their patience and understanding while we worked through this process.

Woods Pond Beach Update

Woods Pond Beach Closure

We apologize for any confusion related to our original post. Here is the information available to us:

Late Friday afternoon, the Town of Bridgton received a phone call from the Center for Disease Control. The CDC reports that several people became ill with abdominal issues after swimming in Woods Pond between July 2 and July 6. The town closed the beach immediately.

The town is unable to sample the water and diagnose the cause until the testing facility reopens Monday morning, July 9. We will provide an update as soon as we have more information.

Until then, please do not use Woods Pond and instead visit Highland Lake Beach, Sabatis Island and Salmon Point.


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Press Release: Household Characteristic Survey to Inform Wastewater Expansion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BRIDGTON, Maine — August 4, 2017 — The Town of Bridgton is preparing to expand the capacity and upgrade its existing wastewater collection, treatment and treated effluent infrastructure, and is conducting a household characteristic survey to inform the process.

The existing sewer collection system will be expanded throughout the Downtown area and the Portland Road (Route 302) corridor. The project description and report is available to review at the town office. It includes a description of why the Town needs this infrastructure project, a discussion of potential technology, the location of current and future infrastructure and the potential users to be served.

The many critical reasons needs for this project include increasing demand, age and deteriorating condition of the existing infrastructure, impacts to surface water bodies and regulatory violations. The current system requires investment to meet the needs of the Bridgton community and to provide proper treatment of wastewater.  The existing pump stations are old and need upgrades to equipment and electrical systems.  The project will fix known deficiencies in piping including sags, offset joints and breaks.    Finally, the presence of poor soils in the area has made the use of private septic systems challenging, as they have historically experienced non-compliance. Under this project, private septic systems will not be required for users who connect to the sewer.

The Town officials, Woodard & Curran engineers and RCAP Solutions are working together with USDA Rural Development and Maine DEP to identify funding solutions.  A household survey will help in understanding the best approach to funding the project, and ensure that we represent all potential residential users’ financial circumstances adequately.  Therefore, we are surveying all potential residential users to have a more accurate determination of household income. This data will be evaluated only to determine if the project qualifies for federal financial assistance which is based on the median household income of the entire service area.    Your voluntary and full participation will greatly assist the town in ensuring the projects’ affordability for everyone.

Under the guidance of RCAP Solutions, Jamie McFaul will be conducting the survey.  This information will be complied by Arthur Astarita Maine State Lead for RCAP Solutions, the northeast affiliate of the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (www.rcapsolutions.org).   All information will be held in strictly confidence by RCAP Solutions.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Art at 232.3388 or Jamie at 517.7020.