For an emergency 24/7, call the Communications Department at (207) 967-2700
*Compost hours of operation: 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.*
The mission of the Kennebunkport Sewer Department is to collect and treat the wastewater that is generated in the Town of Kennebunkport. The wastewater is treated to meet or exceed the limits set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection. We are also charged with the proper disposal of all bio-solids that are generated by the treatment process.
Organization dynamics and description
The Sewer Department is a department of the Town of Kennebunkport, not a separate district. The users fund one hundred percent (100%) of the operation and the maintenance of the department. The users also pay forty percent (40%) of the debt retirement of the bonds for the Sewer Department.
The Board of Selectman set the user fees. The user fees are based on the cost of the operation and maintenance costs of the treatment plant and collection system.
If you would like to know what a sewer unit is, it is in the Sewer Use Ordinance in Article XIII Sewer Service Charge posted elsewhere on the site. There is also a Sewer Impact Fee that is $2,000.00 per sewer unit. There are exceptions on who has to pay the fees, so check the Sewer Use Ordinance Article V Section 13.
The user fees for 2011 is $395.00 per sewer unit.
The Wastewater Treatment Plant is in operation twenty-four (24) hours a day, three hundred and sixty-five (365) days per year. The treatment plant is manned Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On the weekends and holidays, an operator must come into the treatment plant to take the flow readings, do the laboratory tests, and check the plant. At all other times, there is an alarm system that monitors the treatment plant and the pump stations. The alarm system reports problems directly to the operators via pagers and to the Town's Communications Department at the Police Station.
The Wastewater Treatment Plant processes approximately 112 million gallons of wastewater per year and generates approximately 1.4 million gallons of bio-solids that is composted into approximately 12 hundred yards of compost which are either sold or given away. We sell the compost for three (3) dollars per yard if we load it; if you want to load it by hand, we give it away.
The wastewater treatment plant and compost facility is located at 25R School Street. The collection system has approximately ninety-five thousand (95,000) feet of gravity sewer lines. We also have fourteen (14) major pump stations and ninety (90) grinder pumps that are located throughout the collection system.
The Sewer Department has eight (8) employees that operate and maintain the treatment plant, compost facility and the collection system.