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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  • Aging infrastructure and/or outdated water main material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: 06/04/2024





SCHEDULED PROJECTS 

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FALMOUTH

Falmouth Road at Winn Road

Contractor: R.E. Coleman

 

The District will replace roughly 1,200 feet of 8-inch ductile iron and 12-inch cast iron water main originally installed in 1989 and 1954 in Falmouth Road and Winn Road with new 8-inch PVC water main.

 

Construction to begin June 2024
PORTLAND

Elm Street - Somerset Street to Oxford Street

Contractor: TBD

 

The District will replace roughly 800 feet of 4-inch and 6-inch cast iron water main originally installed in 1880, 1887, and 1891 in Elm Street with new 8-inch ductile iron water main.

Planned for Fall 2024

Hersey Street - Ocean Avenue to Clifton Street

Contractor: TBD

 

The District will replace roughly 1,500 feet of 8-inch cast iron water main originally installed in 1931 & 1934 in Hersey Street with new 8-inch ductile iron water main.

Planned for Spring 2025

Dorset Street - Brighton Avenue to Dead End

Contractor: TBD

 

The District will replace roughly 1,400 feet of 2.25-inch cast iron originally installed  between 1954 and 1955 in Dorest Street with 8-inch ductile water main.

Planned for Fall 2024

Vaill Street, Olympia Street, & Helene Street 

Contractor: Portland Water District

 

The District will replace roughly 900 feet of 2.25-inch cast iron water main originally installed in 1955 and 1966 in Vaill Street, Olympia Street, and Helene Street with new 4-inch ductile iron water main

Planned for Summer 2024

Western Promenade, Vaughan Street & Danforth Street

Contractor: D&C Construction

 

The District will replace roughly 600 feet of 2.25-inch cast iron and 12-inch cast iron water main originally installed in 1951 and 1930 in Western Promenade, Vaughan Street, and Danforth Streets with new 4-inch and 12-inch ductile iron water main.

 

Construction to begin August 2024
SOUTH PORTLAND

Market Street ROW, Thomas Street ROW

Contractor: Gorham Sand and Gravel

 

The District will replace roughly 1,000 feet of 8-inch cast iron water main originally installed in 1958 and 1965 in Market Street ROW and Thomas Street ROW with new 8-inch ductile iron and HDPE water main.

Construction 5% Complete

Sawyer Street - Front Street to Broadway

Contractor: Glidden Excavating & Paving

 

The District will replace roughly 3,000 feet of 6-inch cast iron water main originally installed in 1892 in Sawyer Street with new 12-inch ductile iron water main.

Construction to begin June 2024
WINDHAM

Main Street - Depot Street to River Road

Contractor: Shaw Brothers / Gorham Sand & Gravel

 

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

Construction 20% Complete

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. 3199.