Sebago Lake Reservoir, Standish, ca. 1912

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The Portland Water Company built the Sebago Lake Reservoir (also known as the Sebago Lake Basin or Settling Basin) in 1903 at the outlet of the supply conduit from Sebago Lake.

When the Portland Water Company first built the water works to bring water to the City of Portland, they did not foresee that the conduit from the Lake would need occasional cleaning or repair. Because service through the conduit was occasionally shut off for maintenance, the Company built the reservoir to prevent interruption of water service to Portland water takers.

Once the Reservoir was completed, water then flowed from the conduit to the Basin and into a filtered gate to transmission lines, and eventually to Portland. The Reservoir, which covered about two acres, was able to hold 11.6 million gallons of water in reserve.

This photo of the Sebago Lake Reservoir was included in a photo album owned by the Portland Water District Attorney and Clerk, David Moulton. The album was titled "Views Taken Along the Forty Two Inch Cast Iron Pipe Line of the Portland Water District, 1912" and contains photos of the installation of the cast iron pipe line which connected to the Reservoir.

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  • Title: Sebago Lake Reservoir, Standish, ca. 1912
  • Creator: Portland Water District
  • Creation Date: 1912
  • Subject Date: 1912
  • Location: Standish, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 17.5 cm x 23 cm
  • Local Code: L1-8-1912-01
  • Collection: Large Photo Collection
  • Object Type: Image

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Portland Water District
225 Douglass St., Portland, ME 04104
(207) 523-5266

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