Water Main Break on West Main Road in Portsmouth Causes Boil Water Advisory in Middletown
Water Main Break
West Main Road, Portsmouth ,RI
Precautionary Boil Water Advisory for Middletown Water Customers
A failure has occurred on the Newport Water Division's 24 inch water in West Main Road in Portsmouth in the vicinity of the Valley Inn of Newport. The water main failure was reported at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Friday , September 3rd to the Newport Water Division. The area of the break has been isolated in order to make the repair. Newport Water Division personnel will excavate and make the repair to the water main.
Water customers in Portsmouth on West Main Road from a point approximately 700 feet south of the intersection at Union Street (2431 West Main Rd) to the Lawton Valley Water Treatment Plant will be with out water service during the repair.
This area includes the following streets in Portsmouth:
- Rolling Hill Road
- Lawton Brook Lane
- Mail Coach Road
- Stage Coach Road
- Redwood Road
- Slate Lane
- Harborview Road
- Galley Lane
The water pressure dropped in areas of Middletown below acceptable limits due to the water main break on West Main Road in Portsmouth and the likelihood for bacteria contamination exists. As a precaution because of the pressure drop, Newport Water is issuing a precautionary boil water advisory for Middletown water customers. Newport Water 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.
Newport Water urges all customers in Newport and Middletown to limit water usage until the water main repair is made to allow the system to restore normal water pressure. During the repair all water for Newport and Middletown will be provided from only the Station 1 Plant in Newport.
Service to customers of the Portsmouth Water & Fire District is not affected by this water main break.
Newport Water appreciates all our customers' cooperation as we make this repair to the water infrastructure. Newport Water is working to correct the problem as soon as possible. Newport Water is working with the Rhode Island Department of Health to restore water service to all our customers.
The boil water advisory is in effect for Middletown customers until further notice. Customers of Newport Water are asked to contact neighbors who may not be aware of this advisory. For information, contact: Newport Water at 845 – 5826 or Julia Forgue, Director at 845-5601 or Ken Mason, Dep. Director at 845-5614 .