Water District Drinking Water Source
Little River Watershed
Branch Brook flows into Wells from Sanford in a relatively undeveloped forested area north of Wire Road. The brook forms Well’s northern border with Kennebunk. It crosses a dirt road and passes close to a gravel pit as it flows along Branch Brook Run. The shoreline is mostly undeveloped up until Chick Crossing Road. As the Branch Brook approaches this road it begins to flow past a few homes and farms. The brook through three consecutive culverts under Route 9, the Maine Turnpike, and Harriseckett Road and then forms a small pond behind a dam at the KKW water district treatment plant. Here water is extracted from the brook for the residents of several towns in York County. After passing the dam the brook flows under a small bridge on Route 1 and into the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. A little over a mile and a quarter downstream Branch Brook converges with the Merriland River to form the Little River.
The Merriland River flows into Wells from Sanford, west of a gravel pit on Bald Hill Road. The river crosses this road near a small farm and flows east for one and a half miles through forest and crosses the power line right of way. It then flows through a culvert on Bragdon Road and widens into a small marsh. The river then crosses under Sanford Road and runs into Hobbs Pond, which forms behind a dam at Hobbs Farm Road. The shores of this pond are mostly forested except where a farm field comes right up to the water near the ponds outlet. Passing the dam, the Merriland River flows north for a half mile until it is joined by Hobbs Brook close to Branch Road. This mile and a quarter long brook flows through an undeveloped forest area between Meetinghouse Road and Branch Road. It runs past a small farm just before it joins the Merriland River. From here, the Merriland River flows another three and a half miles to meet Branch Brook. On its way it crosses six roads including the Maine Turnpike, flows under the Boston and Maine Railroad tracks, and runs past numerous homes and businesses including an RV campground built right along its banks. The river flows under the final bridge at the site of the old Skinner Mill dam and then runs a half mile to meet Branch Brook, forming the the Little River.
The Little River runs past the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and the Wells Reserve. It is a tidally influenced estuary with brackish water and is home to numerous species of wildlife. The river makes several twists and turns through a large salt marsh and then flows into the Gulf of Maine at Laudholm Beach.
Webhannet River Watershed
Blacksmith Brook originates near the Maine Turnpike north of Burnt Mill Road. It flows east through a mile and a half stretch of forest and passes under the Boston and Maine Railroad tracks. The brook passes under Route 1 through a small culvert near the Wells Post Office and flows past a few homes before joining the Webhannet River at Wells Harbor.
Pope Brook originates in a forested area south of the Wells High School and Junior High School. It flows through a small pond surrounded by a townhouse complex and several businesses and passes through a culvert on Route 1. The brook then passes several more housing complexes and a dirt lot with a number of junk cars before flowing into the Webhannet Estuary.
The Webhannet River originates in a forested area north of Littlefield Road. It emerges from the forest at the site of an old mill at Webhannet Falls. The river passes through a small town park and under a bridge on Route 1 where it comes under the influence of incoming tides. The river cuts a meandering channel through a large marsh, gathering water from many small tributaries and then flows past Wells harbor and out to the Gulf of Maine.
Ogunquit River Watershed
Green Brook originates in a forested area between Green Road and Newhall Road. It flows southeast, crosses Green Road, and runs through a mile long stretch of forest until it reaches a few farms and homes on Tatnic Road. Having crossed this road the brook runs through another three quarter mile stretch of forest and then flows into the Ogunquit River.
Bragdon Brook begins near a large mobile home park west of Route 1. It flows through fairly dense development as it crosses the road and flows east to join Stevens Brook. Stevens Brook begins west of Route 1 across from Elmere Road. It runs past numerous businesses and homes as it crosses Route 1 and flows along Furbish Road. The brook flows out into the wide marsh behind Moody Beach and then runs past hundreds of homes along Ocean Avenue as it makes its way to join the Ogunquit River.
The Ogunquit River flows into Wells from York and forms the town’s southern boundary with Ogunquit. The first mile of the river’s shoreline is relatively undeveloped, but as it moves east it begins to encounter several farms and an increasing number of homes where it passes under North Village Road and Captain Thomas Road. The river passes under the Maine Turnpike in a small forested area and runs through a residential area along Tatnic Road. The Ogunquit River meets dense development as it passes under Route 1 in Moody and forms a long estuary behind Ogunquit Beach and Moody Beach.
Great Works River Watershed
The Heath is a large forested wetland between North Berwick Road and Bragdon Road. Several large gravel pits border the wetland to the south while the rest of the surrounding area is mostly undeveloped forestland. The heath drains southwest through several small channels which flow into another forested wetland known as Johns Swamp. The swamp is bordered by the Boston and Maine Railroad tracks to the south and a gravel pit to the east. West Brook flows out of the swamp and passes through a culvert on Bragdon Road near several small farms. The brook winds its way through a mile and a half stretch of forest north of the railroad tracks, passing no development except for the power line right of way. It then passes into North Berwick on its way to join the Great Works River.
Ell Pond sit on the Wells border with Sanford with only a small portion of it’s shoreline in Wells. Around twenty homes are built along Ell Pond Road which borders the ponds southern shore. Perkins Brook drains Ell Pond in Sanford and enters Wells just south of the pond. It flows south past a few homes and farms on Quarry Road. The brook then runs through a mile of forest until it crosses the border into North Berwick.