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Posted on: January 23, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Fore Street - Eastern Prom Sewer Separation Project

The City of Portland Department of Public Works would like to invite you to a neighborhood meeting to review the design of the above referenced project. A map at the end of this notice will assist in defining the project boundaries. The project is intended to help the City with their efforts to prevent Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO) into Casco Bay and to improve water quality of the region’s vital water resources. 

The meeting is scheduled to be held in the East End Community School Cafeteria on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 6:00 PM. The meeting should last about an hour. Please join us to receive a verbal  description of what the project intends to achieve.

The project will install a new stormwater drainage system within Fore Street and Eastern Promenade from 100 Fore Street to Morning Street. The new storm drain system will be connected to a 60 inch stormwater outfall pipe which was recently completed as part of the Thames Street Extension and Munjoy Stormwater Outfall Project. The current sewer system within the project area is a combined sewer system which conveys both wastewater and stormwater flows. During dry weather conditions, wastewater from the combined system flows to the East End Wastewater Treatment Plant and receives treatment prior to flowing into the bay. During certain high intensity rain storms the flow capacity in the combined system is exceeded. This causes combined sewer overflows (CSO) to occur sending untreated wastewater, mixed with stormwater, into Casco Bay. This project will remove a significant amount of stormwater out of the combined system with goal of reducing the frequency and volume of CSO discharges into the bay. The project will also replace portions of the existing combined sewer system, which in some cases is over 100 years old.

The City is teaming up with the Portland Water District for this project. The District will be replacing their cast iron water main as part of the project from Mountfort Street to Morning Street.

Attached is a brief questionnaire which I would appreciate being filled out. Please let us know if you have a sump pump, internal roof drains or related storm drainage issues. The City may install a storm drain lateral which could be used to separate your roof drains or sump pump from the City’s sanitary sewer if it is currently connected. You may either bring it with you to the meeting or send it to me at Public Works.

The City would also like to take this opportunity to advise you to coordinate, prior to the work on this street, any underground utility work within the street right-of-way (either repairs, changes, or connections) which will affect your property.

The principal types of utility work which concern us are outlined below:

a) termination of natural gas service

b) installation of natural gas service

c) repair or replacement of sanitary sewer building connections

d) repair or replacement of storm water drain building connections

e) construction of a new building or structure resulting in the need to connect to all utilities

f) replacement of water service

g) installation of water fire service

h) in areas of subdivisions within the City, served by a total underground utility system, all utility connections (gas, power, telephone, public cable, etc.) would be involved. Please make all repairs, changes or connections to the underground utility system before this street is paved, thereby avoiding excavation of our new pavement. Please note: after paving, the cost of a street opening permit for excavation work in the street will increase significantly.

The City looks forward to meeting with you to discuss this project. If you are unable to attend the meeting please feel free to send written comments with a neighbor or mail them to Justin Pellerin, PE. He can be reached at 212 Canco Road, Suite B, Portland, Maine 04103 or 874-8828, or at

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