Hydrant flushing will take place in parts of Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth

As part of the ongoing maintenance of the Newport Water Division (NWD) water distribution system, the City of Newport today announced that a water main flushing program in designated areas will begin during the evening hours starting on Sunday April 17, 2022 and will end on May 5, 2022.

In order to minimize the impact on its customers, the rinsing crews will begin at 8 p.m. and continue until 4 a.m.

The City of Newport says hydrant flushing has two essential functions:

First is how we verify the system’s ability to support essential fire protection.

Second, flushing purges the system of sediment and standing water. High flow rates drive this standing water or sediment out of the pipes through the flushed hydrant during flushing. These sediments would accumulate without flushing, leading to increased water quality issues, such as discolored water.

“The water used during flushing does an important job, and while it may seem unnecessary, the flushing technique we use is effective and necessary,” says a press release from Newport City Manager Joe Nicholson. . “NWD customizes flushing procedures and sequence each year to minimize impacts and maximize efficiency. During the process, we operate valves and hydrants, making sure they work properly. We spot check flow levels to ensure the system is operating to expected standards. It is an essential element and a planned investment in maintaining the health of our water supply system. Similar to how we brush our teeth every day”.

Be aware that the rinsing process may cause temporary discoloration of your water, caused by small particles dislodged during rinsing, as well as a possible reduction in water pressure. The City of Newport recommends restricting water use during the main water line flushing period, especially doing laundry when the water is discolored and avoiding running water hot. If you experience discolored or cloudy water, we recommend running the cold water faucets until the water runs clear. The discoloration of your water will only be temporary and is not harmful. NWD checks the water throughout the process to ensure safety. If the condition persists, or if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact NWD at (401) 845-5600.



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

WEEK 1 – APRIL 17, 2022 – APRIL 21, 2022

The following list of streets will be the areas where hydrant flushing will take place during the week of April 17, 2022, starting on Sunday in Portsmouth at the Lawton Valley Treatment Plant, progressing south to in Middletown and Newport.

Redwood Rd., John Kesson Ln., Pasture Farm Dr., Greene Ln., Pocahontas Dr., Roy Ave., Rogers Ln., West View Rd., Squantum Dr., Oliphant Ln., Browns Ln., Vanicek Ave. , Island Dr., North Dr., East Main Rd., Meadow Ln., Woolsey Rd., Corporate Pl., Forest Ave., Chases Ln., Park Dr., Wyatt Rd., Berkeley Ave., Maple Ave., O’Neil Blvd., Beacon St., High St., Atlantic Dr., William Dr., Aquidneck Ave., Turner Rd., Honeyman Ave., Wyndham Hill Rd., Trout Dr., Hillside Ave., Girard Ave. , Admiral Kalbfus Rd., Goldenrod Dr., Continental Dr., Green End Ave., Boulevard, Bliss Mine Rd., Valley Rd. and John Clarke Rd.,

WEEK 2 – APRIL 24, 2022 – APRIL 28, 2022

The following list of streets will be areas where hydrant flushing will take place during the week of April 24, 2022, beginning Sunday in Newport, moving south, and Middletown Easton’s Point, moving south. west towards Memorial Boulevard.

Reservoir Rd., Paradise Ave., Wolcott Ave., Allston Ave., Ellery Ave., Purgatory Rd., Tuckerman Ave., Memorial Blvd., Broadway, Farewell St., Third St., Second St., Washington St., Malbone Rd., Boughton Rd., Friendship St., Powell Ave., Warner St., Rhode Island Ave., Kay St., Eustis Ave., Gibbs Ave., Americas Cup Ave., Touro St., Connell Hwy., Catherine St., Church St., Old Beach Rd., Thames St., Spring St., Ayrault St., Van Zandt Ave. and Bliss Road.

WEEK 3 – MAY 1, 2022 – MAY 5, 2022

The following list of streets will be flushed during the week of May 1, 2022, beginning Sunday evening, continuing in Newport. *Additional rinsing should be done during this week to top up areas if needed.

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

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