The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) is issuing a boil water advisory for customers of the Kent County Water Authority and for Potowomut customers of the City of Warwick Water. HEALTH recommends that water being used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, cooking, or bathing of infants should be boiled for one minute and allowed to cool before using. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Bottled water can also be used.
Restaurants and food handlers in the affected area should use bottled or boiled water and purchased ice for food preparation until further notice. School children in the affected area should bring bottled or boiled and cooled water to school with them to drink.
The water system is working closely with HEALTH to correct the problem as soon as possible. Water Authority officials estimate that 25,000 people are impacted by this advisory.
HEALTH expects the boil water advisory to be in place for a minimum of four days – until the water authorities have three consecutive days of water test results that are within acceptable standards. Customers of the effected areas are asked to contact neighbors who may not be aware of this advisory.
For information, call Kent County Water Authority at 401-821-9300. For general information about drinking water, contact HEALTH's Information Line at 401-222-5960, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For general facts and information about boil water advisories, visit http://www.health.ri.gov/publications/instructions/HouseholdBoilWaterGuidance.pdf For guidelines for food establishments during and after a boil water advisory, visit http://www.health.ri.gov/environment/dwq/boiladvisory.php
(NOTE: This boil water advisory does not effect Kent County Water Authority customers in the Oaklawn section of Cranston or customers in the Brookfield Plat in West Warwick on the following streets: Alden Drive, Brookdale Drive, #3 - #61 Crossland Rd., Bambino Field on Crossland Road, Enfield Drive, Fernwood Drive, Glendale Drive, Hopedale Drive, Janet Drive, Linden Drive, Maryland Drive, Maywood Drive, Midway Drive, Oakland Drive, Overhill Drive, #855 - #1027 Providence St., Shortway Drive, Steven Drive, Suncrest Drive, and Woodland Drive.)