System upgrades in last two years now top $6 million
(Biddeford, Maine) At the invitation of Maine Water Company, members of the Biddeford Planning Board, Mayor Alan Casavant, and Biddeford state representative Martin Grohman recently inspected the company’s new booster pumping station on the Barra Road in Biddeford.
A new booster pumping station was one of the highest priorities identified in a comprehensive engineering study completed in early 2013 by Woodard & Curran and Tata & Howard. In the study, both engineering firms recommended important infrastructure investment, including the water main replacement project that Maine Water completed on West Street last summer.
The new Barra Road station, which replaces a booster station that has had recent operational challenges, provides much-improved reliability to Maine Water’s distribution system in an important economic corridor, along Route 111. The project was an infrastructure investment of $875,000, part of the over $6 million that Maine Water has invested in northern York County since it bought Biddeford and Saco Water Company in late 2012.
Representative Grohman, a member of the Maine Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, said the project represents the type of long-term planning that water utilities in Maine must confront.“In most of Maine, the infrastructure of our water systems is very old, in many cases more than a century old. If we want to be economically competitive as a state, we have to make sure we can handle growth,” Grohman said.
Biddeford’s mayor concurred.
“You wouldn’t think a tour of a pump station would be that exciting, but it was,” said Biddeford’s mayor, Alan Casavant. “Our water system needs major upgrades that could not be put off any longer, and it’s gratifying to see first-hand that they’re implementing the plan. This part of York County is revitalizing itself, and it’s absolutely essential for basic infrastructure to be in place and reliable.”