Behind the scenes at the Yarmouth Water District

RESOURCE PROTECTION

The Yarmouth Water District serves as a steward for ponds, rivers, and streams in the watershed, to keep these resources pollution-free.

Infrastructure Maintenance

The YWD comprises 2 standpipes, 78 miles of pipes, and 382 hydrants all of which are assiduously maintained throughout the year.

WATER METER REPLACEMENT

The Yarmouth Water District changes between 300 and 500 meters annually, cleaning, rebuilding if necessary, and recertifying for accuracy.

OPERATIONAL PLANNING

Ongoing planning for long-term water needs, infrastructure design, and replacement keeps taps flowing, now and in the future.

WELL MONITORING

The YWD maintains four wells, which we test every morning to ensure that drinking water meets state and federal standards.

HYDRANT FLUSHING

All 382 hydrants in the district are flushed routinely to remove sediment, ensuring that your drinking water is clean, clear, and great-tasting.

The Yarmouth Water District's LEED-certified building at 181 Sligo Road was designed to reflect the rural residential character of the neighborhood. The first municipal building in Yarmouth to earn LEED certification, it features solar and geothermal energy sources, so it's energy-efficient and good for the planet.

Learn more about the new building

Welcome to the Yarmouth Water District

Sweetser Road Selective Harvesting

The water district is working with Maine Custom Woodlands to perform selective harvesting on our property off of Sweetser Road. This is part of our long term forest management plan. This is not related to the rumored solar array and is a separate operation. The District has not contracted with any solar developers at this time.

Sign Up for the Skyline Farm 5K

The Skyline Farm 5K race route includes a portion of the District’s property off of Sweetser Road. We are proud to support this community event as it provides awareness to the resource and is just fun overall! See the event flyer by clicking here.

We Now Accept Credit/Debit Card Payments

We are working with InforME, a third-party partner with Maine.Gov, to accept card payments to your account. There is a minimum fee of $1.00 or 2.5% of your payment whichever is greater. The fee is not collected by the Yarmouth Water District, it funds operations of the online service through Maine.gov and other Maine.gov online services. We still accept cash and check by mail and at our office.

You will need to have your account number, service address, email address (for payment verification), and the amount due to make proper payment. We can also take card payments over the phone if that is easier. To make a payment at the Maine.Gov / InforME website CLICK HERE. This link will open a new window to the payment website. Do not hesitate to give our office a call at 846-5821 with any questions.

2020 Water Quality Report is Here

We recently completed our annual Consumer Confidence Report which includes water quality information. It always can be found under “About” and then “Water Quality” along with previous reports. Click HERE for our 2020 Water Quality Report!

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update (3/18/2020)

The Yarmouth Water District (YWD) is committed to delivering reliable and safe drinking water to all our customers. We want to assure you that our water is safe to drink and will continue to be safe as the COVID-19 situation evolves. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has stated that the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water and standard disinfection methods, including chlorination disinfection practices in place by the YWD, should inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water supplies and the risk to water supplies is low.

In the interest of staff and customer safety, the YWD has decided to follow the course of other utilities and public entities and limit exposures to the public and our staff, by limiting foot traffic in our office until further notice. We will still be in the office answering phones and continuing with managing all aspects of the water system. We kindly ask that if you must stop by our office please call ahead to schedule a time, our number is 846-5821. We encourage folks to make payments through the mail or the drop slot at the office building front door. We do not accept credit cards or payments by phone, but you can sign up for automatic withdrawal. Call our office for more information or visit our website at www.YarmouthWaterDistrict.org. The Maine Public Utilities Commission has mandated that disconnections for nonpayment be halted until further notice.

We are also suspending any appointments to customer’s homes unless it is an emergency. We have a technician on call 24/7 that can be reached at our office from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday at 846-5821 and after hours through dispatch at 846-3333.

We will continue to monitor the situation and the guidance provided by the CDC and federal, state, and local agencies to make fact-based decisions regarding our operations. We will post any additional changes to our operations on our website at www.YarmouthWaterDistrict.org.

Thank you for your understanding and please be safe,

Yarmouth Water District

Private Water Testing Postcard

The Yarmouth Water District has received numerous calls regarding a postcard that is being circulated in the area that is offering free water testing. The card suggests that seasonal changes in the water table can impact the quality of your drinking water. This postcard is not from the District and our source of supply does not experience water quality fluctuations due to the change in seasons. We can assure you that we meet or exceed all state and federal drinking water standards. If you have any concerns regarding your drinking water do not hesitate to call us at 846-5821.

Imagine a Day Without Water

Utilities throughout the state are facing a lot of the same challenges to keep providing high-quality drinking water to our customers. It starts with protecting the source that may inhibit thousands of acres depending on the zone of contribution of the source, and then pumping and treating (if necessary) the water through the distribution system piping, to the storage tanks, to hydrants for fighting fires, and to your tap The Executive Director of the MWUA wrote an article in the Portland Press that touches on some of these challenges, take a look! Have a good day everyone.

Click here to read the article!

Board of Trustees Meeting

The Board of Trustees meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM. Due to the current pandemic, all of our meetings will be held remotely via ZOOM format. All meetings are open to the public and the public is encouraged to attend. Please call the office for the login information. If you need more information regarding the monthly meetings, please contact Eric Gagnon, Superintendent, at 207-846-5821.

Click here to find meeting agendas and minutes.

New Educational Item

We just added an item to the News & Notes and Education section to help answer some common questions in regards to water pressure. Click HERE to go directly to the page.