The Kennebec Water District (KWD) was founded in 1899. KWD is a quasi-municipal corporation serving municipalities in both Kennebec County and Somerset County in Central Maine. KWD serves the municipalities of Waterville, Winslow, Fairfield, Benton, and Vassalboro with water for domestic, commercial, and fire protection purposes. KWD also wholesales water to the Maine Water Company for the town of Oakland.
China Lake is KWD’s sole source of water supply. KWD’s state-of-the-art water treatment plant, commissioned in August 1993, produces high quality water which meets or exceeds all state and Federal water quality standards.
KWD is directed by an elected board of ten trustees and managed and operated by 27 employees. Employees are responsible for:
- source water protection,
- the operation of the twelve million gallon per day water treatment plant,
- the operations and maintenance of a distribution system consisting of approximately 170 miles of water main, almost 9,000 services and meters, more than 600 hydrants, and thousands of valves,
- the upkeep of more than fifteen structures including concrete and steel storage tanks and pumping stations,
- the financial, engineering, and administrative functions to support those operations.
KWD is regulated in its operations by the provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) as enforced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Maine Drinking Water Program. KWD’s financial management is regulated by the Maine Public Utilities Commission.