Sunset over the lake


The Portland Water District’s outreach initiatives engage the public through a variety of platforms. We aim to inform and inspire a variety of audiences with the goal of long-term environmental stewardship. Our outreach efforts in the Sebago Lake Watershed and PWD service area, see eligibility map to the left, involve collaborations with many partners.

Water Connections Events

This seasonal recreation event series connects Sebago Lake Watershed residents and our customers to resources that affect the Lake’s water quality. Each event allows participants to learn about water quality and our lake protection programs while visiting one of the many trails, forests, mountains, or rivers that influence Sebago Lake.

Upcoming event – Water Connections: Woods, Water & Warblers! – Friday, August 17

Click the link here for photos from our winter and spring events, Water Connections: Snowshoe Sebago Lake’s Protective Zones and Paddle to Learn

Drinking Water Week

Celebrate the vital role water plays in your life! We coordinate diverse events the first week each May. Our initiatives are designed to engage our customers with various aspects of their drinking water, ranging from protection and conservation to treatment, testing, and distribution. Our 2018 events include a film series that highlights our source protection programs and a tour of the Sebago Lake Water Treatment Facility. Click here to learn more!

Source Protection Video Series: Protecting a Trillion Gallons of Water

Learn about five of our source protection programs in this six-video series. The first short video, debuting May 2018 as part of our Drinking Water Week celebration, provides an introduction to the series highlighting programs all designed to protect your drinking water! Videos will be released throughout 2018 and will cover our lake security, lake monitoring, WaterWays education, Sebago Lake Land Reserve forestry management, and land conservation programs.

Introduction: Part 1

Lower Bay Security: Part 2

Water Quality Monitoring: Part 3

Sebago Lake Protection Office

Located in Standish across from Sebago Lake, the Sebago Lake Protection Office houses our water resources, education, and security staff. The office is open from 8:00 a.m. -4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). To learn more about Office resources, click on the link above.

Sebago Lake Land Reserve

The 1700-acre Land Reserve, located in Standish and Gorham, is open to the public for passive recreation.  The largest contiguous parcel boasts over 13 miles of well-maintained, wooded trails. Click on the link above for more information, including a trail map, permitted activities, and kiosk locations.


We provide a plethora of publications relating to both our source protection initiatives and the Portland Water District. Click the link above to browse our list.

Source Protection Efforts

We regularly work with the public to protect the water quality of Sebago Lake. Visit the Watershed Protection section of our website to learn more about technical support, LakeScaping grants, our Watershed Land Conservation Program, and more!

Connect with us!

  • We email information about our outreach initiatives to a secure email list. If you’d like to add your email address, send your request to
  • Keep up-to-date by liking the PWD Facebook page
  • We are open to new, creative ideas and partnerships. Email to connect!