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A New Facility - Saco River Drinking Water Treatment Facility

A New Facility

Replacing 137-year-old facility exposed to floods cannot wait

The drinking water treatment facility that serves Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach and the Pine Point area of Scarborough is 137 years old and sits exposed in the flood plain of the Saco River. The new Saco River Drinking Water Treatment Facility 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.



Independent Engineering Study

In 2012, Maine Water commissioned an independent study to assess the existing water system. The report – conducted by Woodard & Curran and Tata & Howard – outlined tens of millions of investment dollars in the entire system that was long overdue. To minimize costs to customers over time, the study specifically recommended building a new treatment facility, rather than spending tens of millions of dollars renovating a facility that sits in the floodplain. For a copy of the report, please contact us at 1-800-287-1643



Tour of the Existing Facility

Watch a video summary of the water treatment facility tour with city and town councilors, city and town managers, mayors, state representatives, state senators, and municipal leaders in 2013.

For more video, visit our video archive.


News Coverage:

2013 Maine assets key to CT utility’s growth

2017 Contractor named to design $50M Saco River water treatment facility

2017 Maine Water Co. sets timetable for $50M Biddeford project

2017 Maine Water Co. one of 12 qualifying for EPA low-cost loan

2019 Infrastructure Week

2019 Maine Water seeking approvals for new facility in Biddeford

2019 New water treatment plant gets green light from Biddeford Planning Board

2019 Maine Water seeks OK of $5 million bond for new Biddeford water plant

2020 Construction of Biddeford water treatment facility to begin soon

2020 After 136 years Maine Water Co breaks ground on $50M treatment facility

2020 Maine Water breaks ground on new Saco River Drinking Water Facility

2020 Maine Water Company to propose rate increases