Water Restrictions Begin in Bristol County, Rhode Island

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WARREN, R.I. (WLNE) – If you live in the towns of Bristol, Warren, or Barrington, and you’re thinking of watering your garden or washing your car: heads up.  The Bristol County Water Authority wants you to know water restrictions are now in place.  But, it’s not because of lack of rain.

Bristol County Water Authority Executive Director Pamela Marchand says, “We have a leak on the Providence side of our pipeline, and we’re trying to get that repaired.”

The leak was discovered in the main pipeline that carries water from Providence to the East Bay under the providence river.  The leak itself is under a parking lot in the Port of Providence, near where the pipeline crosses the river.

Marchand says, “We need to be prepared for anything.  It could be a simple leak where we just put a clamp on the pipe, or it could require the replacement of a whole section of the pipe.”

Depending on what they find, repairs could take anywhere from a week to two months or more.  They should know more by this Friday.

The pipeline has been turned off, but the towns are still receiving water through a backup system out of East Providence.

Marchand says, “The supply from East Providence is somewhat restricted.  It goes through their distribution system, so they have asked us to limit it to that amount so it does not affect their side of the system.”

They say the water is safe, and the quality should be the same.  Until the pipe is fixed, mandatory restrictions are in place.  Outdoor water use is not allowed.  They’re also asking that you limit your indoor water use by shutting off faucets and limiting use of dishwashers and washing machines.

For the full list of restrictions visit the BCWA website here: https://bcwari.com/

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