Caring For The Lake
Lake Water Quality
Current Issues Facing the Lake
Land Use and Policies
Sebago Lake Land Reserve
What You Can Do
There are many ways you can help improve our waters.
Support Your Local Treatment Plant
Over the last few years the Portland Water District has experienced an increase in wastewater pump station malfunctions. Crews regularly unclog mounds of disposable and flushable wipes from pumps, at considerable expense and environmental consequence. When equipment clogs, wastewater backs up into homes and out overflow channels into our rivers and bays.
The Portland Water District URGES customers to flush ONLY toilet paper and human waste. Even though products may indicate they are biodegradable or can be flushed, they do not break down in time to make it through the wastewater process.
SUPPORT OUR EFFORTS TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT WIPES AND OTHER MATERIALS
BEING FLUSHED DOWN THE TOILET.
our Waters Hazardous Chemical and Medicine-Free
Discard expired or unused medication in household trash. Put it in a sealable plastic bag and crush medicine or add water to dissolve. Then add kitty litter, sawdust, coffee grounds, or another material that mixes with the medication. Seal the bag and put it in the trash. You may also be eligible to participate in the Safe Disposal for ME program. To learn more visit www.safemeddisposal.com or call 1.866.637.9743.
Hazardous chemicals should be brought to a recycling center or a hazardous waste collection site. Use fertilizers carefully and only as directed. Try to find safe alternatives to products that can harm water supplies.
Use Water Wisely