Water District Mission

The mission of the Water District remains unchanged since 1925. We are dedicated to providing high quality water services to homes, businesses, and industry in Old Town, Milford, Bradley, parts of Orono, and to the Penobscot Indian Nation on Indian Island. We also maintain a transmission and distribution system of sufficient capacity and pressure to provide adequate fire protection throughout our service area.

The source of water for the District is several gravel wells located near Spring Street and the Bennoch Road. The treatment plant on Spring Street removes Iron and Manganese which are not a health concern but can cause taste and oder issues. Chlorine is used to purify and Fluoride is added for improved dental health. We install and maintain water service lines and mains, and maintain water meters and associated equipment for each of our more than 3,300 customers. We perform hydrant maintenance to assure reliable operation and flush our system twice per year. We perform daily maintenance and servicing of the water treatment plant. We sample and analyze the water both at our wells and filter plant as well as the distribution system. We maintain 3 water storage tanks which provide reserves for times of high flow and to assist in keeping adequate system pressure. We have an approved cross connection control (backflow) program to protect the public water supply from contamination. We read and bill residential accounts quarterly for water usage. Commercial and industrial accounts are read and billed monthly.

By State Law, we have three trustees; two representing Old Town, one representing Milford. We employ a staff of eight dedicated employees consisting of a Superintendent, two office staff, one meter /service people, a filter plant operator, foreman, and a maintenance and repair crew of two.

The Trustees examine income and expenses on a monthly basis. They also, as required, employ the services of a Certified Public Accountant to perform an annual audit of all financial aspects of the District. They examine the true cost of servicing customers and set water rates accordingly with approval of the Maine Public Utilities Commission. 

Public input pertaining to any public water issue is welcome and encouraged at any regular Trustee meeting. Meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of each month at the District office. Meeting time is from 7:30 am to 9:00 am.

We are an equal opportunity employer and service provider.

Water District

Steven M. Lane, Superintendent

Old Town Water District
109 Center Street
P.O. Box 525
Old Town, Maine 04468

(207) 827-2145 (Phone)
(207) 827-2191 (Fax)



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Planning Board Agendas, Minutes & Meetings


August 8, 2017
September 12, 2017
October 10, 2017 
November 14, 2017 


July 11, 2017
August 8, 2017
September 12, 2017


 July 2017

Meeting Videos:

November 14, 2017
October 10, 2017 - please view on Public Access Channel at 7:30am & 7:30pm
September 12, 2017 - please view on Public Access Channel at 8am & 7:30 pm
August 8, 2017 - please view on Public Access Channel at 6am & 7pm
July 11, 2017
June 6, 2017
January 10, 2017
December 13, 2016 
November 15, 2016
May 17, 2016
April 12, 2016 
February 10, 2015 
January 13, 2015 
September 9, 2014 
June 10, 2014
April 15, 2014 

Comprehensive Plan Meetings:

March 26, 2015 
April 30, 2015
May 28, 2015 

Landfill Meetings:

June 3, 2015

Department Photos

Fire Service Statement

Our mission remains to provide the highest level of fire protection for the community. Old Town Fire has in place an aggressive “automatic mutual aid” agreement with Orono, Milford and Bangor Fire Departments for all second alarm assignments. Additional mutual aid partners are Bradley, Alton, Glenburn and Hudson fire departments who support us with their tankers for water supply on fire scenes located outside the hydrant district. In addition to these area fire departments the University of Maine’s Volunteer Ambulance Corps provides support on fire and EMS scenes when the college is in session. Veazie Fire also plays a role in mutual aid through station coverage and manpower as needed. Truly a team and cooperative effort by all neighboring communities.  All 9-1-1 calls received for service are dispatched through Penobscot Regional Communications located in Bangor Maine. We have three shifts staffed at six personnel per shift that work a 24/48-hour schedule.  We have one station that houses 2 - ALS ambulances, 1 – Engine/pumper, 1 - 77' Aerial ladder,  1 - Rescue Truck, 1-rescue boat and 1-Utility truck.

EMS Service Statement

Our mission remains to provide emergency medical care at the paramedic level to all citizens and visitors of Old Town, Milford, Bradley, Greenfield, Greenbush, Argyle, Alton, TWP-32, and Penobscot Nation.  We also provide advanced life support through mutual aid to Orono Fire, University of Maine, and Three Rivers Ambulance in Milo. We continuously train our personnel to maintain Proficiency in their paramedic skills.   In addition to calls for emergency medical services we are also called upon to respond to all types of unusual incidents such as swift water, ice rescue, confined space rescue and high angle rescue.  Extrication from vehicles and machinery accidents are also part of our primary mission.

Hunting and Fishing Licenses

You may purchase licenses at City Hall or online at the Maine Online Sportsman Electronic System (M.O.S.E.S.)  Proof of residency and prior hunting license required. Agent fee $2.00 per authority, maximum $6.00.

License Type
Outdoor Partners
Hunt/Fish Combo
Arch/Fish Combo

Junior Hunt
Small Game
3 Day Small Game

Migratory Waterfowl
Fall Turkey
Spring Turkey
Bear Permit
Coyote Night Hunt
1 Day Fish
3 Day Fish

7 Day Fish

15 Day Fish

Junior Fish

Military Hunt/Fish

Military  Depend Hunt/Fish

Military Depend Hunt

Military Deend Fish

Exp Archery Antlered
Exp Archery Antlerless

Zoning Board

This Board deals with matters pertaining to zoning issues and is the appeal board for decisions made by the Code Enforcement Officer. Members serve 5 year terms and are appointed by the City Council.

The Board meets as needed.

All Applications - $75.00

Note:     The fees noted for planning and
             zoning boards include advertising in
             the local newspaper. If any other
             advertising will be required the cost
             and responsibility of such will be
             born by the applicant.

Staff Liaison:      Code Enforcement Officer David Russell

Term Expires     
John Alexander
Howard Gray
Knud E. Hermansen

Marty Jackson

Water District Trustees

The Water District Trustees oversee the operations of the Water District. Members serve 3 year terms and are appointed by the City Council.

The Board meets monthly.

Staff Liaison:    Steven M. Lane, Superintendent, 827-2145

Term Expires     
Shawn Small
Donald Sturgeon
Travis Folsom

Street Commissioners

The Commissioners advise the City Council on matters pertaining to the City’s streets, including acceptance of proposed streets. Members serve without term limits and are appointed by the City Council. 

The Board meets as needed.
  Ex Officio Members
  City Manager

  Staff Liaison:    Code Enforcement Officer David Russell (827-3981)

Term Expires     
Philip A. Dunn, Jr.

Timothy Folster

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