Clean Water Week, June 2-8, 2019

Maine is known for its pristine backdrops, panoramic views, and iconic coastal settings.  Clean water is at the center of these experiences and the Maine way of life.

Join us during Clean Water Week, June 2-8, to learn how the Portland Water District and the City of Portland are working together to care for, invest in, and protect our local water resources.      

Dive in and take a deeper look at the vital and complex community service that protects our waterways and our environment from pollution; our stormwater and sewer systems.

Casco Bay and Nutrients Presentation – Casco Bay Estuary Partnership

The Casco Bay Estuary Partnership has identified nutrient pollution in Casco Bay as a priority. Excess nitrogen can cause water quality issues that include nuisance algal blooms, low dissolved oxygen, eel grass reductions, and others. Dr. Curtis Bohlen, director of the Partnership will share their ongoing efforts and most recent recommendations of the CBEP Nutrient Council.

Tuesday, June 4 at 5:30 p.m.
Register here by 6/2.
East End Wastewater Treatment Facility
500 Marginal Way, Portland
Space is limited.

East End Wastewater Treatment Facility Tour

The wastewater plant receives and treats roughly 20 million gallons of wastewater a day.   By touring the plant, you’ll see what it takes to keep this facility working properly no matter what comes down the pipe.  Operators work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to prevent over 8 million pounds of pollution from entering Casco Bay each year.  Explore the treatment plant, including the most recent $12 million project to upgrade the aeration system and protect Casco Bay. 

Thursday, June 6 at 5:30 p.m.
Please Register here by 6/2.
East End Wastewater Treatment Facility
500 Marginal Way, Portland
Space is limited.

Back Cove Walking Tour

A member of the City’s Water Resources Division will take you on a guided tour of various water resources infrastructure features around Back Cove and discuss their significance to clean water, healthy habitats, and a thriving Portland.  During the tour, you will learn more about the investments being made in our local infrastructure assets. 

Thursday, June 6 at 1:00 p.m.
Back Cove Park, Parking Lot on Preble Street across from Hannaford (far left near kiosk/map)

The walking tour will take place along the existing public trail.  A full loop around the Cove and back is approximately 4.3 miles.  Please visit the City’s dedicated web site to Water Resources Integrated Planning at for more information.