Hydrant Flushing Notice
April 8, 2021 - The Water Department will be flushing hydrants in the northern half of town over the next few weeks. This critical maintenance operation is done yearly to avoid sediment buildup and to keep your water supply safe. If your water is discolored, run an exterior spigot until water is clear. Then inside, beginning closest to the location the water line enters your home, run inside cold water faucets after removing filters and aerators if you are able to. It is recommended to run dishwashers and washing machine empty after water is running clear from faucets. Don’t draw water from refrigerator water service until water is running clear at faucets. Check ice cubes in case your freezer was making ice while discolored water was in the lines. There is no health risk from exposure to or contact with the discolored water. If your water appears milky, this is air and it will clear out of the water if it sits exposed to air for a while.
We hope this message finds you and your families safe and well as we do all we can to hopefully put the COVID Pandemic in our rear-view mirror and have the upcoming months resemble some aspects of 2019!
Our thoughts continue to go out to those who have lost someone they care about due to COVID or have experienced hardships as a result of this Pandemic.
We continue to do all we can in North Kingstown to move forward in reopening, provide assistance to our local businesses and provide the valuable services our residents have come to expect.
Our Municipal Office Building located at 100 Fairway Drive is open. We encourage you to continue to utilize our virtual and online services whenever you are able. We also ask all visitors to wear a face covering when visiting our Municipal Offices and refrain from visiting if you are sick. If a visitor is unable to wear a mask, special arrangements will be made to insure accommodation. All of our outside recreational facilities were open throughout the Pandemic and continue to be open today. And we are in the planning stages for our Summer Camp, Beach Opening and our hopeful plans for a Fireworks Display and the return of the many outside events offered here in North Kingstown.
Our thanks for the amazing work of our Senior Center Staff and Public Safety Personnel as we successfully provided the vaccine doses allotted to North Kingstown as well as provided a COVID hot line to answer any questions or assist in scheduling vaccinations.
As we know, the risk for severe illness from COVID19 increases with age which is why older adults have received the initial vaccine doses in Rhode Island and throughout the United States.
According to the CDC, studies show that COVID19 vaccines are safe and effective in preventing severe illness from COVID. Currently, Rhode Islanders 60 years old and older and those 16 years or older with certain health conditions are eligible to receive the vaccine. Beginning April 19, 2021, the Department of Health has announced that all Rhode Islanders will be eligible to receive their vaccinations.
There are, currently, three COVID-19 vaccines available.
Pfizer (two doses required), Moderna (two doses required) and Johnson & Johnson (one dose required).
All three options are said to help protect you from serious illness, hospitalization and death and the best vaccine option for you is the one that is available to you first.
In addition to the State-run, regional and pharmacy vaccination sites, more locations will be offering the COVID-19 vaccine. For updated information on who is eligible for vaccination, please visit www.C19vaccineRI.org or call 222-8022.
Four Rhode Island Stop & Shop locations will begin vaccinating eligible Rhode Islanders. Customers can visit www.stopandshop.com/covid-vaccine or call 2-1-1 to schedule an appointment at the following locations:
- 622 George Washington Highway, Lincoln
- 595 Smithfield Road, North Smithfield
- 2470 Warwick Avenue, Warwick
- 1925 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence
Nine Walmart locations will begin vaccinating eligible Rhode Islanders. Customers can visit www.walmart.com/covid or call 2-1-1 to schedule an appointment at the following locations:
- 50 Centre of New England Boulevard, Coventry
- 1776 Plainfield Pike, Cranston
- 199 Connell Highway, Newport
- 1031 Ten Rod Road, North Kingstown
- 7 Dowling Village Boulevard, North Smithfield
- 51 Silver Spring Street, Providence
- 650 Bald Hill Road, Warwick
- 840 Post Road, Warwick
There’s also been a lot of questions on quarantining for COVID and how does being fully vaccinated affect the quarantine requirements. Because we assume this could be a constantly changing guidance, we encourage you to visit the up-to-date information put out by the R.I. Department of Health at:
We hope this information is helpful and look to update it in the months ahead.