Tucked away in the woods off South Street in Biddeford, this new storage tank has been under construction during the summer and fall of 2015. Maine Water announced today that a new $2.5 million storage tank on South Street in Biddeford is close to completion and should be in service by December 1.
The tank replaces a reservoir that has been in the same location since 1885. Due to its age and condition, the reservoir had become a source of substantial water loss. The new storage tank holds 3 million gallons of water. It will play a critical role in maintaining water pressure in the communities’ fire hydrants, and provide key storage of drinking water in case of unusual events. Wallingford said a significant portion of the $2.5 million project went to local contractors who executed the site work.
“Maine Water is passionate about providing water service in the most efficient way, which includes eliminating wasteful water leakage that was occurring at the old reservoir,” said Judy Wallingford, president of Maine Water. “The completion of this new tank is just the next step in our long term commitment to our customers and communities, as we upgrade this water system. This project brings our investment in this area to almost $10 million in just the past three years.”
The replacement of this old reservoir was identified as one of the highest priorities in the comprehensive engineering study completed for the company in early 2013. The study identified the need for substantial infrastructure replacement for the water system that serves Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach and parts of Scarborough, much of which is more than 100 years old. In addition to the storage tank, the company has replaced a critical booster station on Barra Road in Biddeford, completed several water main replacement projects, and invested about $2 million improvements to its treatment plant. A meter replacement program is also underway.