City of Newport
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Newport Water Division customers in the system’s Low Pressure Zone are being advised as a precaution not to drink the water due to a water main break at Gould and Warner Streets earlier today.
The water main break, which took place at approximately 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10,
caused low pressure throughout the low pressure system. Customers are being advised to visit the following link to determine if they’re in the Advisory Area: arcg.is/1qTam10
As a precaution, customers throughout the City of Newport and the Easton’s Point section of Middletown are being advised to BOIL YOUR WATER BEFORE USING OR SEEK ALTERNATIVE WATER SUPPLIES.
Newport Water Division has increased disinfection, is repairing the water main break and will be taking water samples. Customers will receive notice when this requirement is lifted.
We anticipate resolving the main break within 24 hours. This ADVISORY cannot be lifted until the repair has been made and water quality sampling completed. It is anticipated that the sampling will be analyzed within 48 hours.
PUBLIC NOTICE TO ALL CONSUMERS OF
City of Newport
70 Halsey Street Newport, Rhode Island 02840
PRECAUTIONARY DRINKING WATER WARNING
Bacteria may be present in the City of Newport – Low Pressure Zone water
Low Pressure Zone includes the entire City of Newport and the Easton Point Section of Town of Middletown
The City of Newport – Low Pressure Zone public water system consumers are advised as a precaution not to drink the water due to a water main Gould Street and Warner Street at approximately 11:00am. Water Main break caused low pressure throughout the low pressure system.
BOIL YOUR WATER BEFORE USING OR SEEK ALTERNATIVE WATER SUPPLIES
Bacterial contamination can occur when increased run-off enters the drinking water source (for example, following heavy rains). It can also happen due to a break in the distribution system (pipes) or a failure in the water treatment process.
What should I do? What does this mean?
- YOU ARE HEREBY ADVISED NOT TO DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water
to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
- BOTTLED OR BOILED WATER SHOULD BE USED FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION INCLUDING DRINKING AND CULINARY PURPOSES. YOU MAY SHOWER IN THE WATER AND WASH HANDS, BUT UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD THIS WATER BE CONSUMED WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Please supervise young children while they are using water. Alternate sources of water should come from a licensed public water system, licensed bottled water and/or licensed ice supplier.
*Fecal coliforms and E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, and people with severely compromised immune systems*
• The symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of thesesymptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice from their health care providers about drinking this water.
What is being done?
THIS HEALTH ADVISORY WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL CORRECTIVE ACTIONS ARE COMPLETED.
Newport Water Division has increased disinfection, is repairing the water main break and will be taking water samples. You will receive notice when this requirement is lifted. We anticipate resolving the main break within 24 hours. The ADVISORY cannot be lifted until the repair has been made and water quality sampling completed. It is anticipated that the sampling will be analyzed within 48 hours.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Newport Water Division at 845-5600 during the hours of 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
*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 Newport Water Division, ID#: RI1592010 Date distributed: February 10, 2021.