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Quarterly Water System Update

Water System Update – Summer 2017

September 2017

Submitted by Joe Dignam
Asst. Treatment Plant Operator

The summer season may be coming to a close, but the York Water District is still busy as ever. We have been working on various construction, maintenance and system upgrade projects in all departments. Water production slows this time of year as our summer residents leave for the winter. With less demand and months of decent weather left, we are preparing for a busy Fall season.

The Josiah Chase Water Filtration Plant has been producing approximately 2 million gallons of finished water every day this summer. To accomplish this, the filtration plant will run all day and often through the night. This keeps our operators busy by ensuring finished water is consistently of the highest quality. In the midst of daily operations, plant operators have been busy planning and designing new treatment systems that will be installed next year. These new treatment systems will allow York Water District to produce water with chemistry matching that of our neighbors to the north and south (Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Wells Water District and Kittery Water District respectively). Compatible water between districts makes all our systems stronger by providing redundancy and the opportunity to share water as needed in the event of an emergency. 

The distribution crew has been working on new construction projects and maintaining existing infrastructure. In addition to these projects, the crew is preparing for town paving on Old Post Rd. and Cape Neddick Rd. This involves checking and repairing/replacing various services, valves, and hydrants. This summer, the crew prepared to replace the existing water main on Harmon Park Rd in York Harbor. This is the final main to be replaced that is part of an aggressive infrastructure upgrade that began in the fall of 2014. The distribution crew has also been working to maintain and paint fire hydrants throughout the system. So far, they have painted over 60% of the District’s hydrants. 

York Water District would like to thank the residents for continuing to use water wisely. Smart use of your water is vital to maintaining our one and only source, Chase’s Pond. Protecting our source is of highest priority. Diligent watershed maintenance and proactive monitoring are key methods to ensure Chase’s Pond is fed by waters as clean and clear as the pond itself. This summer, the access trails were trimmed back and maintained. Work was begun to re-route trails out of sensitive areas. This Fall, major upgrades will be completed on the Red Trail and the Yellow Management Road. These upgrades ease access to the watershed in case of emergency, and help to prevent erosion and sedimentation from reaching the Chase’s Pond.

If you have any questions about this update or any other York Water District projects, please don’t hesitate to call (207) 363-2265 or visit us at


York Water District Main Office

Resource Protection Office

Josiah Chase Water Filtration Plant

York Water District 86 Woodbridge Road PO Box 447 York Maine 03909 207-363-2265