National Drinking Water Week, May 7-14

Join the Portland Water District to explore the vital role water plays in our daily lives

Last Call at the Oasis: A documentary film about the global water crisis
Thursday, May 11

6:00-8:30 p.m.

Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall (USM), 85 Bedford Street, Portland

Join us for a showing of the documentary Last Call at the Oasis. This compelling film by acclaimed filmmaker Jessica Yu examines the current and future global water situation. Water is the world’s most important natural resource and while Maine has an abundance of fresh, clean water, that is not the case elsewhere in the world. Featuring a combination of expert interviews (including Erin Brockovich, who talks at length about the real-life Hinkley, CA, pollution case that was adapted into the popular film that bears her name), comedy sketches (some featuring Jack Black) and cleverly edited montages, Last Call at the Oasis also examines what can be done to help save our freshwater supplies before it's too late. The film will be followed by an opportunity to discuss the issues raised with experts from the drinking water community. 
This film is rated PG-13; the event is geared toward an adult audience. Light refreshments provided.

Register by 5/8 or call 207-774-5961 x 3324

Parking information will be provided to registrants via email prior to the event.



Tour of the Sebago Lake Water Treatment Facility
Monday, May 8

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Sebago Lake Water Treatment Facility, 2 White Rock Road, Standish

Did you know that PWD disinfects an average of 21 million gallons of drinking water per day in three different ways? View the Sebago Lake Water Treatment Facility and learn how ozone, ultra violet light (UV), and chloramines are used to treat your drinking water. The tour includes a visit to the laboratory, where scientists will discuss how the quality and safety of your drinking water is tested.

This event is geared toward an adult audience.

Register by 5/4 or call 207-774-5961 x 3324

Map of Facility location provided via email to registrants prior to the event. Using a GPS for 2 White Rock Road will not provide the accurate location; the Facility is located at the corners of routes 237 & 35.

PWD Water Footprint Challenge

We use water in just about everything we do in our daily lives – from the showers we take to the clothes we buy! Your Water Footprint amounts to all of your direct and indirect water usage. Enter your water usage information into an online Water Footprint Calculator and share your results with us on Facebook for a chance to win items to help reduce your water footprint.

The Challenge begins on April 7. Participants must complete the Water Footprint Challenge and share their results by May 5. Monday through Friday of Drinking Water Week (May 8 – 12), we will randomly select one winner each day and announce the outcome on our Facebook page. Winners will receive the following prizes on the day listed:

Monday – home water bottle kit (jug for fridge, water bottle, bottle cleaning brush)

Tuesday – gift card to local car wash

Wednesday – Water Sense showerhead & kitchen sink aerators

Thursday – gift card to buy native plants

Friday – rain barrel


How to enter:

1. Like us on Facebook:

2. Enter your water usage information using the Water Footprint Calculator:

3. Copy the link of your results page and post it on our Facebook page


Challenge eligibility:

Participant must be a PWD customer

PWD employees are not eligible

Only one entry per person

Prize must be picked up at Douglass Street office in Portland (pickup details provided to winners)