Department of Public Services | 55 Portland Street | Portland, Maine 04101 | (207)-874-8801

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Street and Sidewalk Sweeping Update  (4/23/2014)
All of the streets/sidewalks in the peninsula area of the city are substantially completed. All neighborhood streets have been swept once and our staff will be doing another run through the West End neighborhood this week (April 22-25). More

Urban Runoff 5k & Green Neighborhood Family Festival - Saturday, April 26, 2014  (4/23/2014)
Urban 5k Runoff & Green Neighborhood Family Festival - Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Deering High School from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. More

Sanitation crews WILL collect trash & recycling on Patriot's Day, Monday, April 21, 2014!  (4/11/2014)
The City of Portlandís Solid Waste crews WILL collect trash and recycling on most Federal Holidays in 2014. All items need to be placed curbside by 6:30 a.m. to ensure collection. More

Bulky Item Collection Program to begin April 1, 2014  (12/6/2013)
The City of Portland will continue the curbside Bulky Item Collection service for City residents beginning April 1, 2014. More

Sub-Meter Applications Available June 6, 2013  (6/6/2013)
Public Services Department to take over the application process for obtaining a sub-meter beginning June 6, 2013.† Applications are available on this site or the Public Services front desk. More

Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plan Tier III Update Final Report  (5/2/2013)
The City of Portland has received DEP Approval for the Final CSO Control Plan for Tier III. We want to alert you to the fact that City Council will take up the Bond Authorization for implementing the CSO Tier III program at their May 6 and May 20 City Council meetings. An order will be before the City Council to authorize $170,000,000 in sewer bonds for the construction of the projects called for in the Tier III Plan. May 6 will serve as the first read but also a public hearing. May 20 will be the final read and vote on the authorization. To view the full document please click here. More

City to Host Public Meeting Regarding Proposed Evergreen Cemetery Expansion Project  (3/27/2014)
The City of Portland is hosting a meeting regarding the proposed Evergreen Cemetery expansion project More

USM announces the 3rd Annual Community Electronic Waste Recycling Day  (3/11/2014)
It's Spring Cleaning Time! USM announces the 3rd Annual Community Electronic Waste Recycling Day! More

Find Your Trash and Recycling Day  (2/23/2007)
Have a question on when your trash or recycling is picked up? More

Streets & Utilities

Waste Water Maintenance

Sewer Division
The City of Portlandís Sewer Division is operated by the Public Services department. Two different divisions work as one to manage the sewer system. The Engineering Engineering Division of The Public Services department has within it an Environmental section that is responsible for managing large sewer programs.

The Environmental section handles programs like the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) program. This type of sewer system makes up more than half of the city's sewer system.

The CSO program was created to separate storm water from the sanitary sewer system. Storm water has a major impact on the sewer system as well as the public waters around our community.

Other responsibilities of the Environmental Section is to inspect the city's sewer and storm water lines through the use of sophisticated video equipment.

These are two examples of what this highly trained group of people do everyday.

The Public Services Department Sewer Division currently manages 200 plus miles of sewer lines and 100 plus miles of storm water lines. The Sewer Division has 4,400 catch basin as well as several thousands sewer and storm water manholes. The division also maintains the Cityís road side ditches, culverts and sewers, and storm water lines located on the right of way.

The Sewer Division is charged with managing the following programs.


System Administration
This aspect of the operation involves the management of a large amount of information. Some information records in our system go back to the late 1800ís.

Our sewer inspectors are responsible for maintaining sewer and storm water connection cards. These cards assist the public, contractors, and our inspectors in locating underground lines.

The Sewer Section records the daily maintenance records of sewerVactor Truck and storm sewer cleaning assignments. One or the major components for managing storm water is through an aggressive catch basin cleaning program. One of our newest tools is our Vactor truck. This truck carries 1,500 gallons of water for use with its frontend mounted jet cleaning attachment.


Sewer Inspections
We have three full time sewer inspector who respond to sewer related emergencies, sewer odor complaints sewer backups street flooding.

Other duties of our sewer inspectors is to respond to dig safes location marking request.

Structural repairs to catch basins and manhole. Our construction crew also performs emergency spot repairs to our underground sewer and storm water lines.

Any sewer operation questions, please call John Emerson at 874-8468. Any sewer engineering services section at 874-8846.