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  • Aging infrastructure and/or outdated water main material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 4/20/2017.





PROJECTS SCHEDULED FOR 2017

Project

Status

CAPE ELIZABETH

Hill Way / Scott Dyer Road
In conjunction with a town project, PWD will replace existing water main in Hill Way and Ocean House Road from Hill Way to Ramble Road.

Scheduled
Summer/Fall 2017

CUMBERLAND

Middle Rd
PWD will install a new pressure regulating valve to improve distribution system performance.

In Construction
(Apr-Aug)

Tuttle Rd (Flintlock to Middle)

Contractor: AH Grover

To improve distribution system performance, PWD will replace more than 4400' of water main on Tuttle Road between FLintlock and Middle with larger ductile iron pipe.

In Construction
(Apr-Aug)

   

Tuttle Rd (RR line to October Farms Ln)
In conjunction with a town project, PWD will replace 1100' of water main east of the railroad crossing on Tuttle Road

Scheduled
(Aug-Sept)

FALMOUTH

Middle Rd (Salty Dog Way to Deer Run Rd)

In conjunction with a town road reconstruction project, PWD will replace 900' of water main from Salty Dog Way to Deer Run Rd.

Scheduled
(2017)

GORHAM

Main Street
In coordination with MDOT road improvement projects, PWD plans to replace more than 5000' of aging cast iron water main along Mian Street.

Pending
(MDOT to advertise)

Allison Lane / Goodall Road
To improve transmission system performance, PWD will install 1600' of ductile iron main and valves on Allison Lane and Goodall Road.
 

Scheduled

PORTLAND

India St / Fore St
Contractor: Pratt & Sons
PWD will replace existing water main in India Street between Commercial Street and Fore Street and on Fore Street from Commercial Street to 144 Fore Street.

In Construction
(Apr-Jun)

India St / Newbury St
PWD will replace existing water main in India Street between Middle Street and Newbury Street; and Newbury Street between India Street and Hampshire Street.

In Construction
(Apr-Jun)

Hooper St / Powsland St / Mitton St / Greeley St

PWD will replace or extend water mains in Hooper Street, Powsland Street Mitton Street and Greeley Street in conjunction with a City of Portland project in the same area.

Scheduled
(Summer)

Woodford St
Contractor: D&C Construction, Inc.
PWD will renew 1890s water main in Woodford Street between Melrose Street and Forest Avenue and on Melrose Street (1902) between Woodford Street and Clifton Street in conjunction with a City of Portland project in the same area.

Scheduled
(Summer)

Forest Ave

PWD will replace existing water main in Forest Avenue between Lincoln Street and Ocean Avenue; Deering Avenue between Revere Street and Forest Avenue; and Revere Street between Deering Avenue and Forest Avenue in conjunction with MDOT improvement projects in the same area.

Scheduled
(Summer)

Walnut St / Sheridan St / North St / Washington Ave
PWD will replace existing water main in Walnut Street between Washington Avenue and North Street; North Street between Walnut Street and Montreal Street; Sheridan Street between Walnut Street and 165 Sheridan Street; and Washington Avenue between Walnut Street and Cumberland Avenue in conjunction with the City of Portland project in the same area.

Scheduled
(2017)

Purchas St

In conjunction with construction of the new Hall Elementary School, PWD will replace the existing water main on Purchas Street from Godfrey Street to the end.
 

Scheduled
(Summer)

 

State St

PWD will replace 1880s-era water main in State Street between Park Avenue and Deering Street in conjunction with a City of Portland project in the same area.

Scheduled

(2017)

SOUTH PORTLAND

Main St
Contractor: RJ Grondin & Sons

PWD will replace existing water main in Main Street between New York Avenue and the Maine Turnpike Connector Road in conjunction with a Maine Department of Transportation project in the same area.

In Construction
(Apr-Jun)

WESTBROOK

Main St
PWD will replace existing water main in Main Street (1927) between Colonial Road and Riverside Drive.

 

 

 

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.