FAQs

Some people say I should put a brick in my toilet tank to save water. How does that save water and is it a good idea?

Toilet flushing uses a lot of water, 40% of a household's total water usage. Putting something in the toilet tank that takes up space, like a toilet dam or a water filled jug, is a good idea. But putting a brick in the tank is not a good idea. Bricks tend to crumble and might damage your toilet.

My water faucet drips, should I fix it?

Yes. Drips waste a precious resource - water, and it costs you money. As an example, if you have a faucet that drips 60 times a minute, this adds up to over 3 gallons each day or 1,225 gallons each year. To fix a leak, call your local plumber.

I can dispose of hazardous chemicals down the drain, right? The wastewater plant is responsible for clean up.

Wrong. Hazardous materials such as oils and paint thinners disrupt the collection system and the treatment plant. The wastewater plant process can not remove all hazardous chemicals, therefore, some may enter our rivers and bays. The more polluted the water, the harder it is to clean, and the more expensive a process it becomes.

I heard it's a law that you need an invasives plant sticker to boat on Maine lakes now. How do I go about getting one?

The Maine Legislature passed a bill that is designed to provide funding to help prevent the spread of Milfoil and other aquatic invasive species into Maine waters. The bill requires boaters to have a Lake and River Protection sticker displayed on their boat if they are operating in fresh water. The stickers are $10 for residents and $20 for non-residents. Stickers are available from any town hall in the state of Maine, as well as all retail outlets where fishing licenses are sold.

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Why does the PWD offer school-based education programs?

PWD believes that education is a critical component of source protection. Our goal is to establish life-long habits of environmental stewardship, which will translate to protection of water quality in Sebago Lake, now and for the future.

Is hunting allowed on Portland Water District property?

Yes. The PWD recognizes all hunting seasons as defined by the State of Maine and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

To access PWD land for hunting you must either (1) be the holder of an annual permit, issued to abutters; or (b) fill out a daily permit at one of 11 visitor kiosks. Land access rules have been clearly posted within the kiosk. Most importantly, do not trespass in “No Trespassing” areas colored in red on the kiosk maps. Violation of the No Trespassing zone can result in a fine of $500 to $2,500 as well as a criminal conviction.

Why does PWD allow snowmobiling but does not allow the use of ATVs within the Sebago Lake Land Reserve?

Snowmobiles operate on frozen and snow-covered ground and therefore do not tear up vegetation and expose soil to erosion. This is not true of ATVs which can expose soil that can be washed into the lake.

What’s the largest fish ever caught in Sebago Lake?

Sebago holds the world record for the biggest landlocked salmon ever caught; a 22.5 pound fish hauled in by Edward Blakey in 1908. The lake also holds the record for the largest Whitefish in Maine, a 7.5 pounder caught by Neil Sullivan in 1958. However, it is believed the biggest fish ever caught in Sebago was a 27-pound Lake Trout (Togue), caught by Bill Day in 1996.

What does MyOnlineBill mean?

It’s a FREE service on PWD’s website which allows you to:

  • View up to 24 months of bill statements
  • Sign up for automatic, monthly bill payments from your checking/savings account (Auto-Pay)
  • Make a one-time/occasional payment today from your checking/savings account (Pay Now)
  • Schedule a one time/occasional payment for a future date (Schedule Pay)
  • Sign up to view your bills on-line – Go Paperless!

What is required to register for PWD's MyOnlineBill service?

You will need your PWD bill. Enter your PWD account number; select your billing address; and create a user name, password, security question/answer, and enter your email address. You will receive an email with a “confirmation link” that you must select to complete your new account set-up. Once set-up, only you can access your account.

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