Providence Water, although a department of the City of Providence, is regulated by state and federal agencies in addition to city policies and procedures. The quality of our treated drinking water is regulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Rhode Island Department of Health. Our revenue and rate structure is regulated by the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission.

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Board of Directors

A seven member Providence Water Supply Board of Directors determines corporate policy. It is the mission of this Board to ensure that water customers receive a safe and reliable water supply for drinking and fire protection. This group is comprised of dedicated private citizens and public officials and is committed to fair and equitable service to all customers and property owners in our service area. Four board members are appointed by the mayor, two are appointed by the city council and the city's finance director is an ex-officio member.

Board Members:


Xaykham Khamsyvoravong
Chairperson
 
Xaykham Khamsyvoravong, a Providence native and resident, has served as Chairman of the Providence Water Supply Board since his appointment in 2013. Xay brings to the Board a strong background in government and infrastructure. Over the course of his financial career, Xay has handled over one billion dollars in financings for government borrowers across the country, with nearly half of those transactions funding water and wastewater projects. He currently works as a vice president of government and institutional banking at Webster Bank.

Joseph D. Cataldi
Vice Chairperson
 
Joseph D. Cataldi, who was appointed in 1997, is the longest serving member of the Providence Water Supply Board. Mr. Cataldi has served as Vice Chairman of the Board since 2005 and has also served as Chairman Pro Tempore. Vice Chairman Cataldi, a Providence native and resident who is currently retired, spends his time involved in community service.

Lawrence J. Mancini
Ex-Officio
 
Lawrence J. Mancini is the Finance Director for the City of Providence and an Ex-Officio member of the Providence Water Supply Board since 2011. As the Director of Finance, Mr. Mancini also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Investment, the Board of Contract and Supply, and the Providence Public Buildings Authority. Mr. Mancini has held various senior management positions throughout the course of his lengthy career in public service to the City of Providence.

Michael J. Correia
Board Member (City Councilperson)
 
Providence City Councilman Michael J. Correia has served as a Council appointee to the Providence Water Supply Board since 2011. First elected to the City Council in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, Councilman Correia represents the Manton and Mount Pleasant neighborhoods of Providence. Councilman Correia serves as the President of the Providence Crime Watch Association. He has been involved with a number of neighborhood beautification initiatives and works closely with many charitable and service organizations.

Sabina Matos
Board Member (City Councilperson)
 
Providence City Councilwoman Sabina Matos has served as a Council appointee to the Providence Water Supply Board since 2015. First elected Councilperson for Ward 15 in 2010, and re-elected in 2014, she represents the Olneyville neighborhood, as well as parts of the Silver Lake and Valley neighborhoods. She is the first Latina Council President Pro Tempore in Providence’s history. In addition to her service to the City of Providence, Councilwoman Matos has been involved with a number of community organizations and has served as member of several boards.

Kerri Lynn Thurber
Board Member
 
Kerri Lynn Thurber was appointed to the Providence Water Supply Board in 2013. Ms. Thurber, a Providence resident, not only has a career background in personal lines insurance but has served in various capacities for the past 16 years in the National Guard. She has served as a ballistic meteorologist, a military technician at the Massachusetts Army National Guard and re-enlisted with the RI National Guard, joining the 169th MP Co. in Warren. She is also a professional equestrian, having competed in many A-rated horse shows.

William E. O'Gara, Esq.
Legal Advisor
 
William E. O'Gara, Esq. was appointed as Legal Advisor to the Providence Water Supply Board in 2012. A partner in the firm of Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC, Attorney O’Gara is a well-respected labor and employment law practitioner who also possesses a Masters Degree in Industrial Relations. In addition to his two decades of professional experience, Attorney O’Gara has a history of probono involvement with various community organizations.