North Kingstown Water Department News


 The sprinkler ordinance is in effect through the months of July and August. The ordinance requires that lawn watering, whether by an in-ground system or a moveable sprinkler, be done only twice a week. If your house or business is on the east side (Narragansett Bay side) of Route 1 then you may water on Mondays & Thursdays only, if you are located on the west side (Exeter side) of Route 1 then you may water on Tuesdays and Fridays. No watering is permitted during the hottest part of the day from 10AM to 2PM on any day.

Please go to the Water Conservation page for additional information.


Mission Statement

It is the duty of the Department of Water Supply to provide water of adequate quality and quantity to our customers and to ensure that the Town water supply meets water quality standards as defined by the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Water Supply

The water supply for the Town comes from 11 gravel-packed groundwater wells located in the Hunt-Annaquatucket-Pettaquamscutt Sole Source Aquifer.

Groundwater Forum

View the report on North Kingstown Groundwater Resources Forum (PDF).


The North Kingstown Department of Water Supply is a municipally owned and operated water utility providing both domestic water and fire protection to a population of approximately 24,000 people.

Distribution System

In addition to the municipal wells, the Department is responsible for maintenance of a distribution system consisting of: 

  • 5 storage tanks
  • 2 booster stations
  • 1,045 fire hydrants
  • 177 miles of distribution piping 


The Water Department is operated as an Enterprise Fund, meaning that all funding comes from user fees. No tax dollars support the Water Department. The department employs 13 full-time and one part-time employee. 

Staff Licensure

All Water Department staff, with the exception of two (2) clerical positions, must maintain Rhode Island Drinking Water Operator Licenses in both Distribution and Treatment.

Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Inspections

Locate a qualified Town Approved OWTS inspector (PDF).