The Ordinance was designed specifically to protect public health and the environment. In particular, the vital groundwater aquifers that provide us with our drinking water, Narragansett Bay and its many coves and harbors, as well as the numerous surface water bodies, lakes, and ponds that dot the landscape in town. Additionally, the ordinance is protective of the large financial investment represented in a properly functioning septic system. North Kingstown was divided into risk-based districts in order to make the process more manageable. You can learn more about these districts on the NK Water Department page within the Town website.