Construction - Water Mains

Water Main Replacement Program

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 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.

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.  Water main replacement involves replacing existing water mains with new ones to improve water flow characteristics and to improve service to our customers.  Mains are identified for replacement according to numerous criteria, including:

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  • Aging infrastructure and/or outdated water main material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

Main replacement projects are typically scheduled for construction between April and November.

 

This page was last updated 04/28/2022.





PROJECTS SCHEDULED FOR 2022

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CAPE ELIZABETH

Kettle Cove Road – Bowery Beach Road to Fessenden Road

Contractor:  Gorham Sand & Gravel 

In conjunction with the town of Cape Elizabeth storm drainage and road rehabilitation project the District is replacing 2,100 feet of 1927 cast iron water main on Kettle Cove Road. The project will extend from Bowery Beach Road  to Fessenden Road.

Schedule: Start April

Oakhurst Neighborhood Area Main replacement – Hermit Thrust Road, Glenden

Contractor: TBD

The District is replacing 1,000 feet of 1940 Galvanize pipe on Hermit Thrust and Glenden Road.                                                                                                                

Schedule - TBD
FALMOUTH

Falmouth Road/Mill Road – Twin Brooks Road to Mill Road 

Contractor: Storey Brothers 

The District is replacing 1,500 feet of 1989 ductile iron water main on Falmouth Road because of multiple leaks this past winter. The project will extend on Falmouth Rd from Twin Brooks Road to just beyond Mill Rd and on Mill Road for 700 ft.    

 

Schedule: TBD – earliest start date is September

PORTLAND

Dartmouth Street. – Forest Ave to Baxter Bvld.

Contractor: Sargent Inc.

In conjunction with the City of Portland Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) storm water storage project on Baxter Blvd. the District will replace 200-feet of old 12”-1886 cast iron pipe at the intersection of Forest Ave and Dartmouth and replace and relocated a 500-feet of 8”-1977 ductile iron water main. 

Schedule: 20% complete

 

Fore Street – Mountfort Ave to Morning Street

Contractor: Gorham Sand & Gravel, Inc.

In conjunction with the City of Portland’s Combined Sewer Overflow sewer separation project the District will be replacing 2600-ft of 8”- 1902 cast iron pipe from Hancock Street to Morning Ave.

Schedule: 50% complete

Concord St – Forest to Nevin

Contractor: Storey Brothers

In conjunction with the City of Portland Water Resources Department sewer replacement project on Concord Street, PWD will replace 600 feet of old 2.25” 1957 cast iron water main.

Schedule: 25% complete

Holm Ave/Barron Center

Contractor: Glidden

The District will replace 1,600 feet of old undersized 1931 - 8” cast iron with new 12” ductile iron pipe through the Barron Center property to Holm Ave and along Holm Ave to Forest Avenue. 

Schedule: TBD
WESTBROOK

 

Westbrook Common & Brackett Street - Main Street to Cross Street

Contractor: Shaw Excavation

In conjunction with the City of Westbrook rehabilitation of the Westbrook Common, replacement of 600 ft. of 1889 – 12” cast iron pipe.

Schedule: TBD

Duck Pond Road - North entrance at Route 302 - 2,200 ft. to the east

Contractor: Gorham Sand & Gravel

The District will replace 2,200 feet of old 1961 - 10” cast iron with multiple leaks with new 12” ductile iron pipe.   

Schedule: Late Fall 2022, Spring 2023  
WINDHAM

Main Street - Depot Street to River Road

Contractor: TBD

The District will replace 3,600 feet of old 1952 - 8” cast iron with multiple leaks with new 16” ductile iron pipe.    

Schedule: Start Spring of 2023

High Street - Depot Street to Holly Lane

Contractor: TBD

The District will replace 1,000 feet of old 1913 - 8” cast iron with new 8” ductile iron pipe.    

Schedule: Start of Spring 2023

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.