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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Water Rates (as of Feb. 17, 2017)

Consumption unit: hundred cubic feet (HCF); approximately equal to 748 gallons.

Residential rate: $3.403 per HCF.

Commercial rate: $3.223 per HCF.

Industrial rate: $3.169 per HCF. 

East Smithfield Water District Debt Service Charge (Per HCF):  $0.35


  1. If a residential customer uses 25 HCF in a particular billing month, the WATER charge will be $85.07 (25 X 3.403).
  2. If a commercial customer uses 1100 HCF in a particular billing month, the WATER charge will be $3,545.30 (1100 X 3.223)

A typical residential yearly water bill, based on 100 HCF per year will total $452.86. See below for calculation details.

WATER USAGE: 100 HCF @ $3.403/HCF $340.30

STATE SURCHARGES ON 100 HCF @ $0.21842/HCF $21.84

MONTHLY SERVICE CHARGE ON A 5/8" METER: $90.72 (12 X $7.56)