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Water Restriction Ban Lifted

Public Notice from BCWA:

Water Restrictions Lifted for All Warren, Bristol, and Barrington Customers

BCWA has switched back to its East Bay pipeline supply as it continues to address leak. Water quality and fire supply are stable.

WARREN, May 29, 2019 - The Bristol County Water Authority (BCWA) has lifted all indoor and outdoor water restrictions for area businesses and residents. This comes as the utility has disconnected from an emergency supply through the City of East Providence and returned to its East Bay pipeline connection. While BCWA is continuing to address the pipeline leak, water supply and pressure, particularly for fire protection, remain stable.

Leak found

The decision comes after BCWA needed to return to its East Bay supply in order to further its investigation into the pipeline leak. The investigation revealed there are two leaks approximately 160 feet under the Providence River. The leaks were found on welds at either end of a 40 foot pipe approximately one-third of the way (1,600 feet) into the pipeline.

The instrument used in the investigation, called a “Sahara,” used video and acoustic sensors to help locate the leak last Thursday. This instrument is propelled by a parachute inside the pipe and was repeatedly pulled out by the force of the second, larger leak. It is believed this action enlarged the leak, which had remained constant at 288,000 gallons per day and is now remaining constant at 400,000 gallons per day since the inspection.

Monitoring and next steps

BCWA continues to monitor the leak closely for any changes. As long as the leak remains stable, the utility intends to remain on the East Bay pipeline supply throughout the summer if feasible. However, if an increase in the leak is detected, BCWA may need to return to its emergency connection with the City of East Providence, at which point an outdoor water ban and indoor conservation order would be implemented and enforced due to its limited supply. This would be in order to prevent low pressure in the distribution systems and protect the availability of fire flow.

BCWA staff and BETA engineers are currently reviewing the findings of the investigation to determine the options available for repair, most likely slip-lining the pipe to seal off the leak. This may take several months, including design, ordering materials, and conducting the repair.

BCWA remains in communication with tri-town leaders as well as the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) as it evaluates and plans for all possible scenarios.

BCWA will continue to provide updates as they become available. 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.

10/01/2018 (updated 04/30/2019)

Nayatt Road Paving Project Under Way

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is resurfacing Nayatt Road from Washington Road to Rumstick Road in Barrington. In addition to the new pavement, improvements will also include:

  • New curb and concrete sidewalks extending to Broadview,

  • Decreasing the roadway pitch along Rhode Island Country Club,

  • Installation of ADA compliant wheelchair ramps, and

  • New drainage structures

Work began the first week of October and resumed in late April 2019. Work will be conducted during the daytime Monday through Friday with occasional Saturday work. Lane closures and road detours as necessary to complete the project should be anticipated. Police details and flaggers will be onsite to assist motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. All schedules are weather dependent and subject to change.

The project is scheduled to be completed in summer 2019.

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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. 

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