Friday, July 20, 2018        

Smithfield Water Supply Board Notice: Public Notice – Important Information About Your Drinking Water



Smithfield Water Supply Board has levels of Disinfectant by-Product (DBP’s) above drinking water standards. PWS# RI 1615616

*** PLEASE NOTE: This notice applies to customers of the Smithfield Water Supply District (not Greenville Water or Providence Water). If you have questions please call 401-233-1034 ext.101. ***

Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this is not an emergency, as our customer, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do and what we are doing to correct this situation.

We are required to monitor your drinking water for the presence of disinfection by products (DBP’s) on a quarterly basis. The DBPs test results from the last four quarters ending on 6/30/2018 showed that our system exceeded the standard or maximum contaminant level (MCL) for total trihalomethanes (TTHM) at our testing point on Thurber Boulevard by 1.3 mg/L. The total maximum acceptable limit is 80.0 mg/L with our system’s quarterly average coming in at 81.3 MG/L. The MCL for TTHM is calculated based on a locational running annual average (LRAA) of samples collected from the last four quarters. The most recent past two quarters, second quarter and third quarter readings taken on February 17, 2018 and May 22, 2018 at 27 Thurber Boulevard were 61.9 in February and 62.0 respectively. These past two quarters are far below the maximum acceptable level.

What should you do?  At this time, there is nothing you need to do. This is not an Emergency. If this had been an emergency you would have been notified immediately. There is no need to seek an alternate water supply. Some people who drink water containing TTHM in excess of the maximum contamination levels over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

What is your Water Department doing on your behalf to continue providing high quality safe drinking water?

Smithfield Water Supply is constantly monitoring the water quality within our system. Additionally, Smithfield Water has secured the services of a Consulting Engineer to submit a plan to RIDOH for continuous improvement. Specifically, Smithfield water will install water mixers inside our three water tanks to improve water circulation throughout the system. Our Consulting Engineer is evaluating our hydraulic flow throughout our system and devising a Hydrant flushing plan to continuously improve our water quality. We anticipate the additional mixers and the Hydrant flushing plan to commence over the next two months.

If you have any questions, please contact Gene Allen at (401) 233-1034 Ext 102.  Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

This notice is being sent to you by Smithfield Water Supply Board PWS# 1615616


Poll Workers Needed for Upcoming Elections

The Smithfield Board of Canvassers is seeking Poll Workers for future elections.

Polling places are open from 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. If you are available to work and are currently a registered voter in the State of Rhode Island, please call the Board of Canvassers at 233-1000 Ext. 112.

You can register to vote in the Town of Smithfield through the Town of Smithfield website or the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s website by downloading a voter registration form and mailing it to the Smithfield Board of Canvasser’s Office, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, R.I. 02917.

You can also register to vote online through the Secretary of State’s website at or visit the Town Clerk’s Office during our regular business hours of 8:30 – 4:30 Monday through Friday and register to vote at that time.

Students and retirees are welcome to work on election day and participate in th election process.

The rate of pay is between $135 – $160 for the day.

The State Board of Elections will be holding a training class, which you be required to attend in order to operate the Elections Voting Equipment.

The Town Clerk’s office staff welcomes any questions or concerns you may have.

Carol A. Aquilante, CMC
Smithfield Town Clerk


Smithfield Transitions to Code Red Resident Emergency Notification System


Click the logo above to go to the registration site

The Town of Smithfield has transitioned to the Code Red Resident Emergency Notification System. Code Red replaces the Nixle emergency notification system and will allow the town to be compatible with state emergency agencies and more communities in Rhode Island.

In the event of a town-wide emergency or a localized geographical emergency, the town’s police department, fire department, emergency management agency or designated local official will be able to call, email, and text thousands of residents at once, notifying them of the emergency and also give instructions if needed. Using mapping databases Code Red can target a notification to a few residents on one street, or expand to any designated area within the town.

Messages regarding the safety, property or welfare of our residents will be disseminated using the Code Red system. These may include local AMBER alerts, locations of shelters for weather events, emergency instructions due to a large fire or chemical incident, boil water advisories, evacuation notices, etc.

Please Register Your Cell Phone
Technology plays a vital role in everyone’s day-to-day life. We know that not everyone uses a house phone today. In Rhode Island, most 9-1-1 calls are made from a cell phone. The 9-1-1 call-out database is compiled of home phone numbers, there is no 9-1-1 database for cell phones. More people use email and texting to communicate and the town wants to ensure that we can use those avenues to communicate with our residents for official information.

We encourage everyone to register with Code Red. To do so click on the Code Red logo above to go to the registration site. Users can register for emergency notifications only and can also register for general notifications as well. Residents should know that the information they provide on the link is safe. Information is not, and will not be, shared with anyone. No one has access to the account but local and state emergency officials authorized to activate warnings and alerts to the public.

Smithfield Prevention Coalition – Data Placemat

This Data Placemat from Smithfield Prevention Coalition (now part of the Southern Providence County Regional Coalition) reflects some of the data that has been collected through focus groups as well as key informant interviews that were conducted with the input from parents, community members and students from our town.

Anna McCabe Basketball Court Committee Seeks Sponsorships

The Anna McCabe Basketball Court Committee is seeking individuals, families, or businesses to sponsor the renovation of the Anna McCabe Basketball Courts.

For additional information, please see the linked application. Applications must be received by Friday, June 8, 2018. If you have any questions, please call the Smithfield Town Manager’s Office at 401-233-1010.

Find the application and further information here:

Kids! Join Bryant University’s Junior Bulldog Club!


Come be a part of the Bryant University Athletics Community and become a Junior Bulldog today!

The Junior Bulldog Club is the official kids club for Bryant Athletics. The club offers a unique experience for kids in 6th grade and under. A year-long membership includes free admission to home athletic events, official Junior Bulldog fan gear, access to exclusive events and activities & more.

For more information visit:

Fishing Licenses Will No Longer be Issued at Town Hall

Notice: As of March 1, 2018, the Town of Smithfield will no longer be selling fishing/hunting licenses and trout stamps.

All fishing/hunting licenses and trout stamps will be processed through the RI Department of Environmental Management website at

You may also call or visit DEM at 235 Promenade Street, Floor 3, Providence, R.I. 02908, call at 401-222-2776.

For any other further information please feel free to contact the Smithfield Town Clerks Office, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, R.I. 02917, 401-233-1000

Mattress Curbside Collection Ended December 22nd

The Town of Smithfield will no longer be accepting mattresses for curbside collection.  The last curbside collection date is scheduled for Friday, December 22, 2017.  Requests for this final collection are limited and will be available on a first come, first serve basis through the online request form:

Or by calling 401-233-1034 X105.  Please note that mattresses must be clean and dry to be recycled.

Mattress disposal suggestions for 2018:

  • When purchasing a new mattress, arrange for the old mattress to be taken away upon delivery. Check with your mattress retailer for associated fees. 
  • Bring clean dry mattresses to RIRRC, 65 Shun Pike in Johnston, for recycling, during their normal business hours.
  • Bring mattresses to Town drop off events for recycling. Mattresses must be clean and dry to be accepted for recycling.  Check the Town Trash and Recycling Calendar for dates and times.
  • Contact a junk collection or moving company for a pick-up.

Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission Historic Home Marker Program


The Town of Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission is offering a Historic Home Marker program for homes and properties that are listed on our Historic Inventory. We are proud to offer this program to recognize the historic buildings in our town and celebrate our rich history. The plaque is an 11×16 inch oval, with a decorative molded edge, made of a durable and weather resistant PVC material. The plaques are painted slightly off white, silk screened with black borders and lettering, featuring a green town crest. All building names and dates are hand painted in black paint by a local Rhode Island Artist.

Any building appearing on the Smithfield Historic Inventory will have an application reviewed. If your building does not appear on the inventory, and you feel this is an error, please contact the SHPC and we will address this issue. The Smithfield Historic Inventory can be found online here.

The Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission is a not-for-profit Town Commission. The debut of this Historic Marker Program was a great effort by the Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission over the last year. The commission strives to provide the residents of Smithfield with markers of the highest quality available, while keeping the cost born to the applicants at the lowest possible price point. This was made possible by the generosity of a local benefactor, who donated funds to cover the bulk of silk screening the markers, while a local company in Smithfield was kind enough to cut the raw material into beautifully routed ovals at no cost. The fee of $35.00 (thirty five dollars) paid by each applicant goes directly toward covering the materials cost and for the artist who will be hand painting the name and appropriate date on your marker.

Full Information and Application (.pdf)

Is your home on the historic inventory?  Check here (.pdf)

Our Town: Smithfield Documentary Debuts on September 13th

The OUR TOWN: Smithfield documentary premieres on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 7:30pm on WSBE Rhode Island PBS.

The local legends, historical happenings, and backyard secrets of Smithfield, Rhode Island, are the focus of Our Town, an ongoing Rhode Island PBS community project. For more information please visit

Find it on the following channels: Digital 36.1 | DirecTV 36 | Dish Network 36 | Cox 08/1008HD | Verizon FiOS 08/508HD (RI) 18/518HD (MA) | Comcast 819HD


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