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Portland Water District Installs UV Bug Killer
03/19/2013 9:07 AM ET  

The installation is part of a $12.8 million project designed to eliminate pathogens from the public drinking water supply.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ The Portland area's drinking is now safer.

Portland Water District officials on Monday announced that a 5.5-ton ultraviolet disinfection unit has been installed in an unused underground well at the district's Standish facility.

It is part of a $12.8 million project designed to eliminate pathogens from the public drinking water supply.

The 14-foot long unit contains 84 ultraviolet lamps and can treat 52 million gallons of water a day. The light penetrates micro-organisms and kills them.

A second backup unit will be installed later this year.

District spokeswoman Michelle Clements tells The Portland Press Herald the impact for rate payers is expected to be "minimal.''

The district supplies drinking water to Windham, Cumberland, Raymond, Falmouth, Portland, Westbrook, South Portland, Standish, Gorham, Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth.

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