BCWA: Please conserve water as pipeline work begins

No mandatory restrictions yet, but recent high usage prompted request

By Ted Hayes
Posted 9/19/19

Though mandatory restrictions aren't in place, Bristol County Water Authority officials are asking customers in Barrington, Bristol and Warren to reduce non-essential water use as contractors begin …

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BCWA: Please conserve water as pipeline work begins

No mandatory restrictions yet, but recent high usage prompted request

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Though mandatory restrictions aren't in place, Bristol County Water Authority officials are asking customers in Barrington, Bristol and Warren to reduce non-essential water use as contractors begin work on the repair of the East Bay Pipeline underneath the Providence River.

Work on the $3.4 million project is expected to commence Monday, Sept. 23. BCWA Executive Director Pam Marchand said Thursday that due to unexpected high water usage this past week, and the expected warmer and dry weather over the weekend, customers' efforts to conserve water is appreciated through at least the end of September.

The authority earlier this week shut off flow from the leaking pipeline as they prepare for Monday's start of work, and have switched to a backup supply in East Providence. The East Providence system can provide up to 3.5 million gallons per day, but Ms. Marchand said that if demand is higher, a loss of pressure in the region's supply could result, compromising the availability of adequate fire protection.

Ms. Marchand said BCWA officials will be carefully monitoring the demand and mandatory restrictions will be implemented, if necessary, to protect the system.

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