NORTH KINGSTOWN DEPARTMENT OF WATER SUPPLY
JANUARY 20, 2016
Due to a water main break on Post Road in the vicinity of Huling Road on Tuesday water customers in some locations may be experiencing discolored or dirty water. Water may also be cloudy due to air entrapped in the water. This is a temporary situation. All water system users are cautioned to check the water for clarity before use. Should you experience dirty water, simply wait for a pertion of time and it will clear up. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our customers and appreciate your understanding. If you have additional questions please call the NKWD at 401 268-1521.
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.