Construction - Water Mains

Water Main Replacement Program

The District’s goal with the Water Main Replacement Program is to provide a reliable distribution system designed and maintained to enhance public health and safety. The 2016 season is now upon us. Water main replacement involves replacing existing water mains with new ones to improve water flow characteristics and to improve service to our customers.

Unless otherwise indicated, the following projects are scheduled for construction between April 1 and mid-November. Schedules are subject to change. Due to variables within the system, specific projects may be postponed and others added.

Water mains on the replacement list are typically chosen due to the following criteria:

  • Partnering opportunities with municipal and MDOT road reconstruction and combined sewer overflow (CSO) projects
  • Water quality
  • Leak frequency
  • Aging infrastructure and/or outdated water main material
  • Critical loop feeds (eliminating dead ends based on flow characteristics)

This page was last updated October 6, 2016.





Project

Status

PORTLAND

Anderson Street, Phase II 
Contractor: Gorham Sand & Gravel, Inc.
 

PWD will replace 1800' of cast iron pipe on Anderson Street, from Fox Street to Plowman, in coordination with a municipal improvement project. 

Completed

Deering Street (State to High)
Contractor: R.E. Coleman, Inc.

 

Continuing a 2015 renewal project, PWD will replace aging cast iron main on Deering St between State and High Streets.

In Construction

Fore Street, India Street and Newbury Street

Contractor: TBD

 

As part of ongoing infrastructural improvements, PWD will replace approximately 1,400' of 100+ year-old cast iron mains in Fore Street between India Street and Hancock Street; on India Street between Commercial Street and Fore Street; and on Newbury Street between India Street and Hampshire Street. 

In Design

 

Locust Street

Contractor: Gorham Sand & Gravel

 

In coordination with a municipal project, PWD will replace 400' of cast iron pipe on Locust Street between Congress Street and Cumberland Avenue.

Completed

 

Mitton, Powsland and Greeley Streets
Contractor and Bid Date: TBD

 

To improve system flows and infrastructure, PWD will install 3200’ of ductile iron pipe, upgrading existing 6” and 2¼” cast iron mains on Powsland, Mitten and Greeley Streets and providing a new loop feed to Sewall Street.

Scheduled

(Summer)

Mountfort Street

Contractor: Gorham Sand & Gravel

 

Replace approximately 300’ of 12" pipe (installed in 1887) in conjunction with a municipal project between Fore Street and Newbury Street.

In Construction

Woodford Street (Forest to Melrose)
Contractor and Bid Date: TBD

 

PWD will replace 900’ of cast iron water main between Forest and Melrose.

Scheduled

(Spring 2017)

Somerset Street (Elm to Hanover)
Contractor and Bid Date: TBD

 

In the first of a two-phase project to upgrade water mains on Somerset, PWD will renew 500’ of main between Elm and Hanover.

Scheduled

(2016)

CAPE ELIZABETH  

Birch Knolls, Maiden Cove, Garden Lane
Contractor: ETTI

 

To improve system performance PWD will replace againg and undersized mains on Garden Lane, Maiden Cove and Birch Knolls with larger ductile iron pipe.

In Construction

GORHAM

Huston Road Transmission System Improvement
Contractor: St. Laurent & Son
 

As part of a multi-phased improvement plan to increase water pressure and fire protection capabilities, PWD will extend transmission mains on Huston and Dyer Roads.

In Construction

(April-September)

 

Main Street (School to Husky Dr; School to 202)
Contractor and Bid Date: TBD by MDOT (Advertisement scheduled for Nov 2016)

 

In a phased MDOT project to replace aging infrastructure, PWD will renew more than 5000’ of 100+ year-old cast iron water main on Main Street.

Scheduled

(2017)

 

SCARBOROUGH/SOUTH PORTLAND

Broadway, Border, Postal Service Way 
Contractor and Bid Date: TBD
 

PWD will replace approximately 3600' of ductile iron main on sections of Border Rd, Postal Service Way, Mussey Rd and Brodway with new PVC pipe to address pipe corrosion issues.

Scheduled
(2017)

SOUTH PORTLAND

Broadway (Anthoine to Elm)
Contractor and Bid Date: TBD

 

As part of scheduled infrastrcture improvements, PWD will replace 2500' of cast iron pipe dating to the early 20th century between Anthoine and Elm Streets.

Scheduled

(2018)

Ocean Street

 

PWD will replace 350' of cast iron water main on Ocean Street, south of Broadway.

Completed

Thornton Heights Area (Phase III) 
Contractor: Shaw Brothers Construction, Inc.
 

In the final phase of a three-year effort under a South Portland’s CSO Project, PWD will replace 4800’ of water main on Wythburn, Mardale, Herford, and Kirkland.

Completed

Westbrook Street (Western Ave to Liberty) and Gorham Road
Contractor: D&C Construction

 

PWD will replace 1890s-era water main on Westbrook Street between Western and Liberty, as well as on Gorham Road.

Completed

Main Street (I-295 Connector to New York Avenue)
Contractor and Bid Date: TBD

 

In coordination with a state paving project, PWD will renew approximately 2400’ of water main in the area of Main Street/US Route 1 at the I-295 Connector.

On Hold

WESTBROOK  

Cloudman St, Cloudman Ct, Dunn Street
Contractor: D&C Construction

 

In conjunction with a Westbrook CSO project, PWD will replace 1300’ of water main on Cloudman Street, Cloudman Court and Dunn Street.

In Construction

Conant Street Water Main Replacement
Contractor: D&C Construction

 

In coordination with a City CSO project, PWD will replace 4500’ of water main on Conant Street from the Gorham town line to Main Street.

In Construction

(Jul-Dec 2016)

Quimby, Mechanc and Hardy Streets

Contractor: Dearborn Construction

 

In coordination with municipal paving projects, PWD will replace aging sections of water main on Hardy Road west of Mayfield, and on Quimby Ave and Mechanic Street.

In Construction

 

Speirs Street and Stevens Street CSO Project
Contractor: D&C Construction

 

To improve system infrastructure and fire protection capabilities, PWD will replace 2¼” cast iron main on Speirs and Stevens Streets with 640’ of larger ductile iron pipe.

In Construction

(Jul-Dec 2016)

   

 

The Portland Water District has been serving Greater Portland communities with Sebago Lake water for more than 100 years and upgrading and maintaining the system since 1908. The Portland Water District invests roughly $7 million dollars a year in water main renewals. Since 1985, reported leaks have been reduced due to the effectiveness of this program, even with the continued aging of existing water mains.

If you would like more information on these or other water main renewal projects please contact the Asset Management and Planning Group at (207) 774-5961 ext. 3043.