Where does your drinking water come from? Where does your wastewater end up? Why does it all cost so much?

The Alliance for Livable Newport (ALN) will host a Community Forum and Information session featuring Julia Forgue, Director of the Newport Utilities Department, and her staff who will explain their department’s responsibilities and operations. The forum will be held on Monday, February 27 at 5:30 pm, in the Ballroom of the Edward King House, 35 King Street, Newport, RI, behind the Newport Public Library.

The Department of Utilities is comprised of two divisions, the Water Division and the Water Pollution Control Division. http://www.cityofnewport.com/departments/utilities
The Water Division operates and manages the source water reservoirs, treatment plants, storage tanks and distribution system. The City’s water distribution system also services the Town of Middletown and a small portion of the Town of Portsmouth. It sells water wholesale to the Portsmouth Water and Fire District and Naval Station Newport.

The Water Division is responsible for providing drinking water that meets standards established by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH). The Water Division is licensed by the RIDOH as a Public Water Supplier, License # 1592010. The Water Division is also required to report to the Rhode Island Water Resources Board.
The Water Pollution Control Division is responsible for providing wastewater treatment for the residents of Newport. In addition it provides wastewater treatment on a wholesale basis to the Town of Middletown and Naval Station Newport. The Water Pollution Control Division also manages the storm drainage system within the City.

Following a brief presentation by Julia Forgue and her staff, they will answer questions from the audience.

All ALN Forums are videotaped and appear on the ALN website at http://newportalliance.org/videos/ and on COX TV, Channel 17.

The Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is improving the quality of life in Newport by being an unbiased resource for information on the issues of importance to the community.  ALN hosts a number of community forums each year on issues important to residents of Newport.