Portland Hosts Water Resources Infrastructure Tour of Back Cove on June 6

On June 6, as part of our celebration of Clean Water Week (June 2 – June 6, 2019), the City in collaboration with the Portland Water District is sponsoring a guided walking tour around Back Cove.  The tour will highlight a few of the many water resources infrastructure features around Back Cove and discuss their significance to clean water, healthy habitats and a thriving Portland.  Staff members from Portland DPW Water Resources Division and the Portland Water District will provide their insights into several specific projects and facilities. They will also be available for your questions along the route.

The walking tour will take place along the existing public trail with an additional stop at the East End Wastewater Treatment Plant and the North East Pump Station.  A full loop around the Cove is a little over 3.5 miles.  The tour will start at the parking lot on Preble Street, across from Hannaford near the kiosk/map. The tour will start at 1:00 and we anticipate returning to our starting point within approximately 1.5 hours.

The City has made a significant commitment to clean water and is currently developing a Water Resources Integrated Plan (IP). The IP will help the City prioritize spending with respect to wastewater and stormwater infrastructure and water quality protection.  A more efficient plan will support reliable City services that residents and businesses depend on. The June 6th tour will demonstrate the types of projects, and the improved environmental and public health outcomes, that such a plan envisions.

Anyone who is interested in hearing about the progress of the plan, and learning how the DPW invests in water and sewer infrastructure, is welcome on the tour. You are also encouraged to visit the Integrated Plan website at for more information and to sign up to receive meeting notices and updates by email.

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