Tuesday, July 16, 2019        

 

Smithfield Water Supply Board

 

ATTENTION CUSTOMERS OF THE
SMITHFIELD WATER SUPPLY BOARD

Our Annual Drinking Water Quality Report or Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) is available at our offices, 3 Spragueville Rd., Monday through Friday, 8AM – 3 PM. It is also available at the Smithfield and North Providence libraries. This report is designed to inform you about the quality of the water you drink. It details the efforts we, and others make to ensure that our drinking water is safe and meets federal and state requirements. It is published pursuant to the US EPA’s 1996 Safe Water Drinking Act as Amended. Any questions may be called in at 233-1034.

Water Commissioner
Smithfield Water Supply Board

Download or view the 2018 Consumer Confidence Report in PDF format
Report updated online 5-13-2019

Looking for reports from other water districts in town?
Providence Water  – Greenville Water District

Smithfield Water Supply Board Advisory Commission

Smithfield Water Supply Board Rates, Rules, and Regulations (.pdf)
Note: see left panel of this page for current rates

Final Water Closing Meter Reading Form (.pdf)

Historical Background & System Summary: A Water Supply Commission for the Town of Smithfield was authorized and established by Chapter 1676, 1930 Public Laws of Rhode Island, charged with the responsibility to make “an accurate and comprehensive study of the water supply of the Town of Smithfield ”. Subsequent legislation delineated the service area of the Smithfield Water Supply Board (SWSB).

In 1963-64, the Longview Pump Station (fed by the Providence Water Supply Board), and a twelve inch diameter cast iron transmission line in Smithfield Road ( North Providence ) was constructed. This transmission line traverses en route, along Ridge Road ( Smithfield ) to the Rocky Hill one million gallon storage tank. Today, the SWSB includes approximately sixty thousand feet of transmission and distribution water mains of varying materials and sizes. In addition to the Rocky Hill Storage Tank, the Island Woods four million gallon storage tank was put into service in 1993.

The system’s 1,200 residential and industrial metered accounts serve approximately 9,200 persons. Of these, an estimated one-third reside in the Town of N. Providence. System capacity is approximately 2 million gallons per day; approximately 500,000 to 600,000 gallons per day are delivered to N. Providence users. Also, the system delivers about 65,000 gallons per day to users in the East Smithfield Water District.

As part of the US EPA Superfund project, completed in 1997, there exists an additional 20,000 feet of twelve inch transmission line in Log Road and adjacent roadways, along with a 300,000 gallon storage tank on Burlingame Road . Also, this project included the construction of two new booster pumping stations( Limerock Rd. , Log Rd. ) and appurtenances as well as the complete retrofitting of the existing Longview Pump Station.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often am I billed?
Quarterly for residential and small use non-residential customers. Monthly for large use non-residential customers.

May I pay my bill at your office?
No. Bills are paid by mail (64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917) or in person at the Treasurer’s Office at Town Hall at 64 Farnum Pike during normal business hours.

I have a real estate closing, what do I do?
Contact us several days before the closing to arrange for a final “inside the house” meter reading.

Where does my water come from?
All our water is supplied by the reservoir system of the Providence Water Supply Board. We have no wells. See our Annual Drinking Water Quality Report or Consumer Confidence Report linked above.

How may I learn more about my water?
Contact us for our most recent annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) or view past years at the Atlantic States Rural Water & Wastewater Association web site.

How do get a water saving conservation kit for my residence?
The kits are available at the Department of Public Works Garage, Monday through Friday, 7:30am – 3:00pm.

Where can I go for more information?

Goals
  • Emergency interconnection with the Greenville Water Department
  • To maintain the highest quality potable water.
  • To maintain fire flow protection for both residential and industrial users.
  • To maintain a cost effective system user rate structure.
  • To promote the effective and efficient conservation, development, and protection of the Smithfield Water Supply Board.
  • To continue a water conservation plan for system users.
  • To continue implementation of the Capital Improvement Plan.
  • To retrofit system devices/appurtenances to comply with applicable codes.
  • To increase system capacity.
  • To expand system service area.

Smithfield Water Supply Board Advisory Commission

Smithfield Water Supply Board Water System Overview and Discussion (.pdf)
June 4, 2018

The Town of Smithfield’s Water Supply Board Advisory Commission, the “Advisory Commission”, advises the town’s Council on matters concerning the supply of public water to the much of the town. There are several entities that are involved in bringing quality water to our homes, businesses, fire department, and schools, of which the water department is the largest and is under the Town Council’s jurisdiction. Smithfield’s water department buys water from Providence and through other districts, then pumps the water through a network of 36 miles of water mains, assisted by several mountain-top storage tanks, all monitored by an advanced system of remote sensors. These assets are maintained by a small crew of very experienced professionals. The system supplies up to almost two million gallons a day in the summer peak. Two million gallons a day is Providence Water’s current agreement with Smithfield. Although Providence Water appears agreeable to supply more than this, two million gallons a day is the physical limit of the existing infrastructure of pipes and tanks.

Greenville has its own water district. Some residences and business have their own wells because the network of water mains has yet to be extended through Smithfield.

The Water Supply Board Advisory Commission was established by the Town Council on April 3, 2018 as Chapter 55 of the Town’s ordinances. On peak days, the system attempts to deliver approximately 1,700,000 gallons of water per day to 1,500 customers, or which 1,300 are households. In the next five years, demand is projected to increase 32%, which is above the current system’s peak capacity. In twenty years, the demand is projected to increase 94%. Immediate capital needs are estimated by engineers to be $5.9 million through 2021 and another $9.2 million through 2026. CIP VOLUME 3 – CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PLAN

A major objective of the water supply effort is not only to supply enough water at enough pressure, but to supply water that meets the increasingly strict quality guidelines of the US Environmental Protection Agency and Rhode Island’s Water Resources Board. Another goal is to provide water reliably. A reliable supply of water requires backup capacity to deal with the surges in demand in summer days and for backup power for the pumping stations when National Grid power lines are down in winter storms. A reliable supply also requires that pipes, pumps, and steel tanks are repaired and replaced as these assets age. In February of 2017, PARE engineering prepared several reports outlining the priority replacement, upgrade, and expansion needs of the water supply assets. PARE’s Smithfield Water Supply Board Water Supply System Management Plan VOL I.

Another major objective of the water supply effort is to provide reliable, quality water at a fair, economical prices that permit the infrastructure investment to be continuously, gradually replaced as the assets age beyond their useful, low-operating cost lives. Much of the water departments pipes and tanks are sixty years old, dating back to when the water department first started operation in 1962. The Advisory Commission reviews the issues about the level of water supply rates and of prices for construction connections to new users. The enabling language of the Advisory Commission calls upon it to: “Study and report on the present and future water rates, including the tier system and infrastructure charge.”

A major objective of the Advisory Commission is permit Smithfield’s economic development and to support property values in the Town. Much of the town has no public water supply, and future development of taxable industry and commercial developments has, in recent years, been stopped because of bottlenecks in the system, reducing the value of this property. PARE Village at Stillwater, Smithfield, Hydraulic Model Evaluation. Supporting residential property values requires a reputation for reliable, quality drinking water for homes and schools, as well as for fire-fighting.

Finally, the Advisory Commission is to development recommendations for the Town Council on opportunities to improve the water supply by relations with its neighboring systems. These interconnection issues include potential additional sources of water by interconnections with Lincoln and North Smithfield towns, a pipeline swap with the Providence Water Supply, and transfer of Smithfield’s North Providence customers to Providence Water.

 

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