Town of Barrington, RI

Town News



Governor Signs Executive Order Prohibiting Sale of Flavored e-Cigarettes

Governor Gina M. Raimondo today signed an Executive Order directing the Department of Health to establish emergency regulations prohibiting the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. The Executive Order also puts in place a number of other measures designed to the curb the initiation of e-cigarette use by young people.

Statement from Michael W. Carroll, Barrington Town Council President:

Barrington has long been concerned with the effects of these new tobacco products on our youth. We passed an ordinance raising the age to buy tobacco products to 21 and, when it was struck down on the grounds that only the General Assembly can make such a law, we appealed. I applaud the Governor for her bold action in issuing an order that will protect the people of Barrington and all Rhode Islanders, especially our youth, from these dangerous products.


Pipeline Leak Repair Slated to Begin in September; New Water Restrictions in Place

Contractor to begin work to fix on-going leak. BCWA switched back to East Providence water on September 17 with water use reduction requested.

From BCWA: The Bristol County Water Authority's (BCWA) selected contractor is to begin repairs to the East Bay pipeline. The BCWA has made a smooth transition to our backup water supply with the City of East Providence. BCWA customers will notice no difference in the water quality, as East Providence is also supplied by the Providence Water Supply Board.

As of Tuesday, 9/24, outdoor water use will be allowed on odd/even days based on street address. (House addresses ending in an odd number can water on odd calendar days; addresses ending in an even number on even days.)

Depending on water consumption, BCWA may need to enforce bans throughout the construction period (anticipated to take eight weeks). We ask that customers also conserve indoor water consumptions throughout this time period.

The work will be conducted by Biszko Construction Services of Fall River, Mass, which was awarded the bid.

Repair approach

The East Bay pipeline leak continues to flow at a constant rate of 400,000 gallons per day. BCWA's previous hope to use a flexible "Primus" liner to slip-line the pipe and repair the leak could not be implemented. The slip-line will now be performed with a new 18" PVC water main. The PVC pipe is an industry-standard material, but is more rigid than the Primus liner, requiring more construction site work and a longer implementation timeframe.

The PVC pipe will be pulled through the length of the pipeline from East Providence to the Port of Providence. This will essentially create a "pipe within a pipe," sealing off the two leaks (about 1/3 of the distance under the River) which were discovered at welded joints during a May inspection of the pipeline. The rest of the steel pipeline that was inspected appears to be in excellent condition.

Timeline and budget

Biszko will begin construction the week of September 23rd. Repair of the pipeline is expected to take 8 weeks, barring unexpected findings and inclement weather. BCWA will remain connected to the East Providence supply during the repair. The estimated cost for the project is approximately $3.4 million, including a contingency for unexpected conditions.

Customers can learn more at or by calling the BCWA Emergency Hotline (401) 245-5071 (after 4 pm) or the Customer Service line (401) 245-2022.

For Your Information

On-Line Permitting Available

cmputerE-permitting in Barrington is available through the Rhode Island's state web-based system. Applicants can apply for a range of permits such as building, demolition, electrical, mechanical and plumbing as well as applying for and renewing Chicken/Hen registrations by visiting the following website:

Paper applications for the above permits will no longer be accepted. Please contact Caroline Joyce at 401-247-1900, ext. 326 or for additional information. 

Recycling, Composting, Reduce & Reuse Tips

binRI Resource Recovery's website includes tips and other information on recycling, composting, reducing and reusing, etc.


Events, Alerts, Job Openings, Etc.

Email to submit requests to list an upcoming event on Community Calendar



Day of Caring, Monday, October 14 from noon to 4 pm

Barrington's Day of Caring is a community-wide event to bring together our community to help those in need through service projects.




Financial Town Meeting

2019-2020 Results of Financial Town Meeting, May 22, 2019


Age-Friendly Barrington: Help us enrich Barrington's community of support for older residents.

Age-Friendly Barrington Report to the Community - February 2019 Attachment

Questions, please contact:

Laura at 401-465-7378 or email

Pat Keefe at 401-245-2198 or email


Employment Opportunities

Latest openings are posted on the Employment Opportunities page.


Volunteer Opportunities

The Town Council is looking for volunteers to serve on various boards and commissions.


Eco-Depot - Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste

Eco-Depot is a free service for properly disposing of household hazardous waste from RI households (for non-residential hazardous waste disposal click here). You can make an appointment for an Eco-Depot collection via Appointments are made to minimize wait times at the facility.


Town of Barrington Animal Control

Animal Control page has the latest lost and found listing of dogs, cats and other animals in Barrington.

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