Providence Water Supply Board http://ripr.org en Schools, Businesses Grapple With Contaminated Water From Kent County http://ripr.org/post/schools-businesses-grapple-contaminated-water-kent-county <p>A boil water order remains in effect for 25,000 customers of the Kent County Water Authority after tests showed the water was contaminated with E. coli bacteria</p><p></p><p>School was held Monday in West Warwick but it wasn’t completely business as usual.&nbsp; Bottled water was trucked in Sunday afternoon, as soon as school officials learned of the problem with E. Coli bacteria in the water supply. And other changes were made to keep kids safe, according to Kenneth Townsend, the school department’s director of property services.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:46:09 +0000 Flo Jonic 22114 at http://ripr.org PUC Will Hear From Public on Providence Water Rate Hike Request http://ripr.org/post/puc-will-hear-public-providence-water-rate-hike-request <p>The public is invited to comment Tuesday on a proposed rate increase by the Providence Water Supply Board. Because Providence sells its water to other municipalities, the rate increase would affect residents in nearly 60 percent of the state.</p><p>It’s the first rate hike in four years, and for city residents it means a 24 percent increase. The water board says that’s an additional $6.00 for the average customer.</p><p>For the cities of Warwick and East Providence, and for the Kent County and Bristol County water authorities, rates would go up 32 percent.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 05:19:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 17056 at http://ripr.org PUC Will Hear From Public on Providence Water Rate Hike Request The Murky Future of Rhode Island's Water Supply http://ripr.org/post/murky-future-rhode-islands-water-supply <p>If there is one government service most Rhode Islanders take for granted, it’s the drinking water that flows from our faucets. RIPR political analyst&nbsp; Scott MacKay says that may not be the case in the future.</p><p></p><p>One of Rhode Island’s grand assets is the millions of gallons of water that flows every day from the Scituate Reservoir to the sinks, bubblers and bathtubs that serve 60 percent of our state. In a state with a serious inferiority complex about so much, our water is the boast of a small state.</p><p></p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:33:37 +0000 Scott MacKay 16647 at http://ripr.org The Murky Future of Rhode Island's Water Supply Time to take RI water seriously http://ripr.org/post/time-take-ri-water-seriously <p>If there is one government service most Rhode Islanders take for granted, it’s the drinking water that flows from our faucets. RIPR political analyst&nbsp; Scott MacKay says that may not be the case in the future.</p><p>One of Rhode Island’s grand assets is the millions of gallons of water that flows every day from the Scituate Reservoir to the sinks, bubblers and bathtubs that serve 60 percent of our state. In a state with a serious inferiority complex about so much, our water is the boast of a small state.</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 17:22:53 +0000 Scott MacKay 16543 at http://ripr.org Providence Water Supply Board Seeks Rate Hike http://ripr.org/post/providence-water-supply-board-seeks-rate-hike <p>The Providence Water Supply Board is looking to raise its rates. There’s a public hearing at the state Public Utility Commission Wednesday on a proposal to raise residential rates by 24 percent and wholesale rates by 32 percent. Because 60 percent of the state gets its water from Providence, the rate hike will be felt across much of Rhode Island. Joining morning host Chuck Hinman in the studio with more is Rhode Island Public Radio news director Catherine Welch.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 05:41:00 +0000 Catherine Welch & Chuck Hinman 16340 at http://ripr.org Providence Water Supply Board Seeks Rate Hike