The Distribution Crew is staffed by a General Foreman, a Foreman, an Equipment Operator & 2 System Maintenance Technicians. Their job descriptions require them to be licensed by the State of Maine Dept. of Health & Human Services. Our Crew is specially trained to maintain the system & make emergency repairs when needed. Some of our daily activities consist of installing/repairing water services, fire hydrants, gate valves and seasonal lines and water mains. Most new water mains are installed by private contractors with our staff on hand to inspect all phases of the installation for quality control. To maintain water quality the crew exercises our annual watermain flushing program that starts in March and usually runs until the end of May.
The York Water District maintains 82+ miles of water mains throughout our distribution system. For many years we have had an aggressive watermain replacement program, so now the majority of our watermains in the system are ductile iron water pipe. We do however have some cast iron water mains that remain. Pipe sizes range from 2” in diameter to 16” in diameter. Over the past several years we have used some high-density polyethylene pipe. The use of poly allows our crews to be very creative and efficient while changing out certain water main replacement projects. Freeman Street as an example; we were successful in slip lining (sliding in an 8” HD polyethylene line into a pre-1929 10” cast iron water main) 2,300’. This method was a savings of over $100,000.
The YWD also maintains 17+ miles of Seasonal mains that are part of the distribution system that serve most of York’s seasonal residents between April and October.
The system provides 374 Public & 67 Private Fire Hydrants, and there are also 121 Private Fire Services for various properties thru out town that range from 2in to 10in.
The Distribution system utilizes two water storage tanks designed to maintain system pressure and provide an adequate supply of water in case of a fire; a two-million gallon storage tank on York Heights (that was rehabilitated in 2016 @ a cost of $685,000) and a three-million gallon storage tank on Simpson Hill (that was rehabilitated in 2008 @ a cost of $441,000) in Cape Neddick. After a complete rehab the life span of the coating system on our storage tanks is expected to last 20-25 years. The system also has 4 booster pump stations. 2 of the booster stations are also used for our interconnections with neighboring utilities. We have the ability to receive water from or provide water to the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport & Wells Water District to our north or the Kittery Water District to the south. This valuable option has helped us in the past during emergencies such as drought conditions, algae blooms or during planned projects. All 3 utilities have benefited from this collaboration.