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This story was originally published at 11:16 on March 1st, it was updated at 3:00 pm on March 1st

The City of Newport’s Water Division had to make emergency repairs to a water main in the area of Thames Street and Pelham Street, forcing several streets and areas of Downtown Newport to spend a portion of Thursday without water.

Update: The City of Newport provided the following update at approximately 2:35 pm on Thursday; UPDATE: “The water main repair in Thames Street near Pelham has been completed. The system has been reactivated and water service restored. Newport Water Staff are flushing hydrants to remove any discoloration created by flow reversal in the system due to the water main break. If you are in the area of the water main break and experience any water discoloration, it is recommended that the cold-water tap be flushed until cleared. Newport Water thanks anyone impacted by the emergency repair for their patience.”

Residents and business owners first heard of the emergency repair via the following voicemail as early as 9:30 am on Thursday morning,

The City of Newport posted the following on their Facebook Page around 11 am on Thursday;

“ATTENTION: The Newport Water Division is in the process of repairing the failure of the 12” water main in Thames Street near Pelham Street. In order to make the repair, the area of the failure must be isolated which requires a termination of water service in the following area: Thames St from Mill St to Franklin; Bowen’s Wharf; Bannister’s Wharf; Sayers Wharf ; and Scott’s Wharf. Water service will be restored as soon as the water main in Thames Street is repaired. We apologize for the inconvenience and Newport Water staff thanks you for your patience during this emergency repair.

Additional information regarding a time frame will be reported as soon as the point of failure is uncovered.”


This story will be updated when more information is received.

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