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. We do not have any additional events scheduled.
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 2019 events include a tour of the Sebago Lake Water Treatment Facility as well as a brewery collaborative with a dozen local breweries that use Sebago Lake water as the number one ingredient in their beer. Click here to learn more!
Learn about five of our source protection programs in this six-video series. The first short video, which debuted in 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! Subsequent videos cover our lake and land security, lake monitoring, WaterWays education, Sebago Lake Land Reserve forestry management, and land conservation programs.
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.
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!