North Kingstown Water Department Breaking News

A water main break on Post Road in the vicinity of Cocumcussoc Way, Richard Smith Drive, and Huling Road is causing a disruption to both traffic and water service.  It is not possible to determine how long the repair work will take but water department staff will remain onsite until water service is restored.  Once water service is restored customers should be aware of the potential for discolored water while mains are being flushed. This is a temporary situation.  The water may also be cloudy due to air entrapped in the water.  All water system users are cautioned to check the water for clarity before use.  Should you experience discolored water, simply wait for a period of time and it will clear up. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our customers and appreciate your understanding. 


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

The water supply for the Town comes from 11 gravel-packed groundwater wells located in the Hunt-Annaquatucket-Pettaquamscutt Sole Source Aquifer.

Groundwater Forum

View the report on North Kingstown Groundwater Resources Forum (PDF).


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 approximate24,000 people.

Distribution System

In addition to the municipal wells, the Department is responsible for maintenance of a distribution system consisting of: 

  • 5 storage tanks
  • 2 booster stations
  • 1,045 fire hydrants
  • 177 miles of distribution piping 


The Water Department is operated as an Enterprise Fund, meaning 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. 

Staff Licensure

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.

Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Inspections

Locate a qualified Town Approved OWTS inspector (PDF).