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Saco River Drinking Water Resource Center

Under construction: Saco River Drinking Water Resource Center




Maine Water is replacing a 138-year-old water treatment facility that sits in the 100-year floodplain of the Saco River. The new Saco River Drinking Water Resource Center in Biddeford will replace the existing water treatment facility which has served the Southern Maine communities of Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach, and Scarborough since 1884. This investment in drinking water infrastructure is absolutely crucial.

Maine Water began building a new, state-of-the-art water treatment facility in 2020. This $60 million investment in the community – which will be complete in 2022 – will help us continue to deliver safe, clean drinking water to our customers and ensure that drinking water service will be completely protected from any catastrophic flooding of the Saco River.

Maine Water has filed an application with the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for new rates in our Biddeford-Saco Division, to be phased in over three years. When the rate phase-in is completed in 2023, customers will pay about a penny per gallon for their water service, in line with water utility rates across Maine.

Please visit this page for continuous updates about the new water drinking facility. If you are a customer and have any questions about this new infrastructure or the rate application, please contact us at 1-800-287-1643.



For more:

A New Facility: Replacing 137 Year-Old Facility Exposed to Floods Cannot Wait

Impact on Rates for Biddeford Saco Division Customers

Customer Notice on Rate Application: September 2021

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News Releases:

MPUC Approves New Water Charge for Maine Water's Biddeford-Saco Customers

Maine Water proposes 3 year rate phase-in for Biddeford-Saco Division

Maine Water Announces Groundbreaking of New Saco River Drinking Water Treatment Facility

Final Approvals Received for New Saco River Drinking Water Treatment Facility

Maine Water Files Initial Environmental Permit Applications for New Saco River Water Treatment Facility