Providence Water, although a department of the City of Providence, is regulated by state and federal agencies in addition to city policies and procedures. The quality of our treated drinking water is regulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Rhode Island Department of Health. Our revenue and rate structure is regulated by the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission.
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What is Providence Water Doing?
The drinking water that leaves the treatment plant in Scituate and is distributed through the Providence Water system does not contain lead.
Over the last 10 years, we have spent over $45M replacing lead services. We have also made changes to the water treatment process to make the water less corrosive in an effort to reduce lead levels in some homes.
Providence Water takes a four-pronged approach to reducing the amount of lead at a customer's tap:
Water Main Rehabilitation
Public Education and Outreach