Water & Sewer Projects

2018 Water & Sewer Annual Report

THE NEWPORT WATER DEPARTMENT is committed to providing our customers with quality water that meets or surpasses all state and federal standards for quality and safety.  Our water is sampled and tested in accordance with state and federal requirements for over 150 different contaminants. We are fortunate to have such clean and pure supplies of drinking water. 

Our water system priorities are:  

1. Providing adequate fire protection

2. Meet or exceed US EPA Drinking water standards

3. Protection of our water sources

4. Respond to emergencies as soon as possible

5. Maintaining a secure water distribution system

6. Proper monitoring and warning systems

Major Tasks:

  • The Water & Sewer Department repaired water main breaks and leaks on Summer Street, South Main Street, Third Street, and Unity Road.
  • Replaced/repaired several curbs stops.
  • The Water & Sewer Department unplugged sewers on North Main Street, West Street, and Whitney Avenue.
  • All permitted backflow devices were tested.
  • Most of the fire hydrants in Town were painted.
  • Water & Sewer Department personnel assisted the Highway Department in culvert cleaning, downtown snow removal, sidewalk tractor operation, and road maintenance.

 

Proposed Projects:

  • First, Second, Third and Fourth Streets Infrastructure Project
  • Replace water intake structure at Gilman Pond
  • New back-up well supply test drilling
  • Upgrade the Water Treatment Plant to complete SCADA with remote operator access
  • Hydrant and manhole replacement; & water and sewer system replacement and repairs 
  • Replace large water meters, integrate smart meter reading technology
  • Replace residential water meters and integrate radio read technology
  • Upgrade Pollards Mill well equipment
  • Proactive water main leak detection

Training & Certifications:

Newport Water & Sewer Department personnel received professional development training in:

 

Iron and Manganese Removal, Uni-Directional Flushing, Hands on Valve Training, Proper Sampling Techniques, Understanding and Using the Public Notification System, Water System Hydraulics, Understanding and Complying with the Safe Drinking Water Act, Fundamentals of Cross Connection Control, Asset Management, Water Main Disinfection, GSRWA Annual Meeting

 

Water Production:

The Water Filtration Facility in Unity and the Pollards Mills Well continue to consistently produce high quality water. Water production in 2018 was within 1% of 2017.  The Pollards Mill Well produces about 15% - 20% of our total water supply.

 

Annual Water Production Gallons

 201620172018

Total Flow

157,395,029

144,205,909
 

143,521,078

Average Daily Flow

430,268

393,980

393,208

Maximum Daily Flow

714,180

543,360

681,000

 

Water & Sewer Department Operational Statistics:

DESCRIPTION

APPROX

No’s

DESCRIPTION

APPROX

No’s

Water Turned On

34

Real Estate Closing Final Read

91

Water Turned Off

31

Repairs to Curb Stops

22

Replace/Install Meters

19

Road Repairs

18

Frozen Meters

12

Check Meters for Accuracy/Leak

27

Meter Reads for Billing Inquiry

43

Water Lines Located

23

Water Quality Calls

1

Manholes Located

5

Water Call-Ins

18

Filters Cleaned

16

Sewer Call-Ins

13

Hydrant Repairs

7

Dig Safe’s

27

Repairs to Manholes

6

New Water Services

2

New Sewer Services

1

 

Use the WaterSense® label as your guide to choosing toilets, shower heads, faucets & more.  Help save water and potentially money on your water bill!

For Water Saving Tips visit www.epa.gov/watersense

 

-Todd Cartier

Water & Sewer Superintendent