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 Fifty Shades of Green

A Forum at the NK Beechwood Senior Center on Thursday, April 16th, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM on the topic of our precious water supply.

Click on the link at the bottom of this page for the presentation given by Ernie Panciera, Supervising Environmental Scientist in the Groundwater Protection and Nonpoint Source Programs at RIDEM.





The recent edition of the PUDDLE that was included in the March 2015 water bill included  an incorrect statment under the heading 'Finding Leaks'.  Water meters in North Kingstownb ARE NOT on the outside of the house in a box or under a metal cover on the sidewalk that says "Water".  Water meters are usually located in the basement of the house, typically the front wall where the water line enters the house (meters will freeze if located outside). There may be a cover that flips open to display the meter face.  North Kingstown water meters measure gallons and the reading display is similar to that of a car odometer. 

We apologize for this mistake.



Mission Statement:

It is the duty of the Department of Water Supply to provide water of adequate quality and quantity to our customers and to ensure that the Town water supply meets water quality standards as defined by the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Water Supply, Distribution and Storage

The North Kingstown Department of Water Supply is a municipally owned and operated water utility providing both domestic water and fire protection to a population of approximately 24,000 people. Currently there are approximately 9,417 active (metered) accounts with an average demand of 2.5 million gallons per day (MGD).  Summer peak demand has at times reached 8 MGD.  The water supply for the Town comes from 11 gravel packed groundwater wells located in the Hunt, Annaquatucket, Pettaquamscutt Sole Source Aquifer.  In addition to the municipal wells, the Department is responsible for maintenance of a distribution system consisting of five storage tanks, two booster stations, 1045 fire hydrants and 177 miles of distribution piping. 

The Water Department is operated as an Enterprise Fund, meaining that all funding comes from user fees - no tax dollars support the Water Department. The department employs 13 full time and one part-time employee. All Water Department staff (with the exception of two (2) clerical positions) must maintain Rhode Island Drinking Water Operator LIcenses in both Distribution and Treatment.