The North Smithfield Air National Guard, located at 274 Old Oxford Road in North Smithfield, is required to issue a precautionary boil water notice to its customers because the water system lost pressure. Customers should boil vigorously for at least one minute all water used for human consumption, including drinking and cooking. Alternatively, customers can use bottled water.
This health advisory will remain in effect until corrective actions are completed and satisfactory bacteria results are obtained. North Smithfield Air National Guard will issue a public notice when this requirement is lifted.
Loss of pressure in water systems means that the system is at risk of becoming contaminated with bacteria and other organisms. Bacteria, such as E. coli, can cause short-term health effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They pose a special health risk for infants, young children, and people with severely compromised immune systems.
The recommendation to boil for one minute pertains to water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Infants and young children should not be bathed in this water because they may swallow it accidentally. Anyone else using this water for bathing or showering should be careful to avoid swallowing the water. Further guidance can be found in the link below.
The water system at North Smithfield Air National Guard will be disinfected. Customers should refer to the notice provided by the water system for further instructions and information relating to the disinfection of the water lines. The boil notice will not be lifted until disinfection occurs, a bacteria sample is absent, and these actions are approved by RIDOH. People with questions should contact SSgt Nicole Rodrigues at 401-267-3357 or Katie Quimby at 401-667-7463 ext. 104.