Today, Maine Water announced the company has broken ground on the new Saco River Drinking Water Treatment Facility. The new treatment facility, scheduled to become operational in 2022, will replace the existing water treatment facility which has served Southern Maine communities of Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach, and Scarborough since 1884.
Beginning July 1, 2020 and extending through the moratorium period on disconnection activities established by the Maine Public Utilities Commission, Maine Water Company will waive late fees on unpaid account balances for 90 days, allowing customers additional time to pay their water bills without penalty. The company will also offer direct financial assistance to customers who have become unemployed as a result of the pandemic through a new program called H2O Assistance. This program provides forgiveness of a portion of a water bill for qualifying residential customers on approved payment arrangements.
Maine Water’s latest water quality reports for the drinking water served to more than 20 communities across the state are now available online. The reports summarize water quality testing done in 2019 and include information about the Company’s water systems, water quality test results, and source protection measures. We are pleased to share that water in all the Maine Water systems met or were better than state and federal standards for drinking water again in 2019.
Maine Water continues to encourage building owners and property managers to flush internal plumbing systems upon returning to any building that has been vacant or infrequently used over the last several weeks.
Maine Water will be replacing 1,500 feet of water main on Stockman Avenue and Lucille Street in Saco starting this week. The water main being replaced was originally installed in the 1940s and 1950s and is 2 inches in diameter. The $750,000 project includes replacement of the main to 8-inch diameter ductile iron, new service lines to approximately 30 customers, and the addition of a new hydrant.
Maine Water will be replacing 3,000 feet of water main on North Street, Route 112, in Saco between Elm Street and the railroad crossing. Preliminary work has begun this week with excavation scheduled the week of June 8. The water main being replaced is more than 130 years old, and the project is expected to run through October and will cost approximately $1.5 million.