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.