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Sebago Lake Buoy launched to track temperature, algae, water quality in real-time

Have you ever wondered where your drinking water comes from, and what's in it?

STANDISH (NEWS CENTER Maine) -- Have you ever wondered where your drinking water comes from, and what's in it?

One in six Mainers receive their drinking water from Sebago Lake's Lower Bay. Boating and swimming are prohibited in this part of the lake, which is as deep as 150 feet. Sebago Lake is Maine's deepest.

The buoy, equipped with over a dozen thermometers and instruments to track algae, oxygen and water clarity, is the result of a grant received by the Portland Water District and Saint Joseph's College.

It will be deployed and in the water each warm season, from May to November.

In addition to use in research and academic courses at Saint Joseph's College, the real-time data will be available online to the general public through the Portland Water District website. The mobile app Live Data Center will also provide the live data.

You can find the data here. It is expected to be up and running in the next few days.