December 3, 2012

S. Portland water main break could take time to fix

Repair crews may have to work through the night to repair the water main break on Pickett Street.

By Dennis Hoey
Staff Writer

SOUTH PORTLAND — It could take crews from the Portland Water District several more hours before they can repair a water main break at 148 Pickett St. in South Portland.

click image to enlarge

Workers on the scene of a water main break Monday on Pickett Street near Broadway in South Portland.

Photo by Staff Writer Ann Kim

click image to enlarge

Scene of water main break on Pickett Street in South Portland Monday afternoon.

“We expect to be there well into the evening and possibly into Tuesday morning,” Michelle Clements, a spokeswoman for the Water District, said Monday.

Clements said about 20 customers are without water service as a result of the break. One of the largest customers is Joe’s Boathouse, a restaurant at Port Harbor Marina.

Restaurant owner Joe Loring said he had to shut down Monday after serving lunch. He said it would be impossible to serve meals without water, which is used to wash dishes and to operate restrooms.
Loring said he hopes to be able to reopen for Tuesday lunch.

People who live on Pickett Street at the eastern end of Broadway will be allowed to drive to their homes, while other traffic was being diverted.

The 12-inch water main broke around noon, affecting service to 20 customers between Broadway and Bug Light Park, including Breakwater Condominiums, Clements said.


The water main break did not impact students or staff at the nearby Southern Maine Community College.

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors

Further Discussion

Here at we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)