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Ellsworth Sourcewater Protection Plan, Appendix B December, 2004 Page 50 of 63

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    Thoroughly mix the solution in the container.

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    Drain and rinse the container. Fill the container with water from a public water supply. Ensure that the free chlorine residual in the container is at least 2.0 mg/l as free chlorine and no greater than 5.0 mg/l as free chlorine. Record this measurement on the provided shipping form.

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    Use a padlock to lock the access hatches to the container to prevent unauthorized access and potential contamination.

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    Collect a chlorine residual from each container every 24 hours. The results of these tests are to be written down and kept with each container on the shipping form.

Notification of Emergency to Commissioner According to 22 M.R.S.A. 2660-A (Maine State Statutes), the following must be done in the event of an emergency if an individual is to haul bulk water:

“In case of an emergency, any person may transport water as necessary for the duration of the emergency, but the person transporting the water must inform the commissioner (of the Department of Human Services) within 3 days and the commissioner may determine when the emergency is over.” The phone number for the office of the Commissioner of the Department of Human Services is 287-2736.

Any person who transports water and doesn’t notify the commissioner within 3 days is guilty of illegal transport of water. Illegal transport of water is a Class D crime. Each shipment is a separate offense.

Locating and Securing Mobile Bulk Storage Containers The Maine National Guard has developed a bulk water shipping form (located on the next page). A completed form must accompany each MBSC. A high range and low range chlorine test kit must also accompany each MBSC. The Drinking Water Program must be notified in advance of MBSC’s being used for potable supply. MBSC’s that are not filled according to the “Disinfection Procedures for Mobile Bulk Storage Containers” must not be used for potable supply.

It is critical that the placement and resupply of mobile water containers be coordinated from one central control point. All containers should be placed so they can be easily accessed for resupply from a tanker truck. Maps showing the location of each container must be prepared in advance and provided to delivery drivers. A copy of each map must be kept at the central control point for reference in case drivers get lost. Whenever possible the central control point should be located in the area where the need exists to allow coordination efforts with local authorities. Suggestions for a central control point include the local town hall, police station or fire department.

Security of MBSC’s is paramount. All MBSC’s must be locked after being disinfected to prevent possible contamination. If MBSC’s are parked and unmanned, they should be secured to an immobile object to prevent theft.

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