MAINE, USA — Thanksgiving is a good time of year to be grateful for what we have but when counting our blessings how many people are giving thanks for their water supply?  It’s marking a unique milestone, one that was reached 150 years ago this Thanksgiving, as a way to keep people and property safe. “The fire protection part of what we do is hugely, hugely, important” says  Carrie Lewis, the General Manager of the Portland Water District. Lewis says contrary to what most people believe, the district wasn’t created to bring drinking water into your home. It was actually formed to protect it from fire. The Great Fire devastated Portland’s peninsula, burning down more than a thousand buildings and leaving more than 10,000 people homeless. Water was scarce. It was also low tide when the fire occurred and the firefighter’s hoses couldn’t reach Casco Bay.  “With that burning, people became aware that their wells were not going to be sufficient to put out a fire.” In an effort to prevent future destruction a group of investors formed the Portland Water Company, which later became The Portland Water District and they built a pipelin...