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As part of the Newport Water Division’s ongoing maintenance of the water distribution system, the City of Newport today announced a modified water main flushing program in designated areas will begin during evening hours beginning Sunday, October 18, 2020 and ending October 29, 2020.

The flushing of the water mains using fire hydrants will begin at 8:00 p.m. and continue until 4:00 a.m.   Signs will be posted in each area before flushing begins.  The flushing will occur in areas that have been prioritized due to drought conditions. We plan to resume a full flushing program in Spring 2021.

Please be aware that during the flushing process, it is common to have discolored water with low water pressure. Flushing in one area may create discolored water in other areas. If you encounter discolored water following the hydrant flushing, run the cold water taps throughout   your home (bathroom sinks and tubs, kitchen faucets, etc.) for 5 to 10 minutes or until water clears. This allows discolored water to work its way out of your interior household plumbing.  It is recommended that use of water be minimized during the hours of flushing. Please call 845-5600 for additional information.

The proposed flushing schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions.

WEEK 1 – October 18, 2020 – October 29, 2020

The following list of streets will be areas where hydrant flushing occurs during the week of October 18, 2020 starting on Sunday in Newport (Admiral Kalbfus Road) moving south and in Middletown (Easton Point) moving west towards Memorial Boulevard.

Admiral Kalbfus Rd., Garfield St., Malbone Rd., Broadway, Van Zandt Ave., Farewell St., Third St., Elm St., Bliss Rd., Almy St., Warner St., Ellery Rd., Kay St., Tyler St., Eustis Ave., Gibbs Ave., Touro St., Church St., Catherine St., Old Beach Rd., Reservoir Rd., Paradise Ave., Wolcott Ave., Allston Ave., Ellery Ave., Purgatory Rd., Tuckerman Ave., and Kane Ave.

WEEK 2 – October 25,2020 – October 29, 2020

The following list of streets will be areas where hydrant flushing occurs during the week of October 25, 2020 starting on Sunday continuing in Newport, heading south and in Middletown Easton’s Point heading west towards Memorial Boulevard. *Additional flushing shall be performed during this week to complete areas if needed.

Memorial Blvd., Cliff Ave., Annandale Rd., Parker Ave., Narragansett Ave., Bellevue Ave.,  Thames St., Spring St., Leroy Ave., Shepard Ave., Ruggles Ave., Ochre Point Ave., Coggeshall Ave., Ledge Rd., Bateman Ave., Wellington Ave., Houston Ave., Wickham Rd., Brenton Rd., Harrison Ave., Carroll Ave., Beacon Hill Rd., Old Fort Rd., Hammersmith Rd., Ridge Rd., Castle Hill Ave.,  and Ocean Ave. 

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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