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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Benefits to Watershed Community


Providence Water and the Scituate Reservoir Watershed property provide a wide range of benefits to the watershed community.

  • The reservoirs and surrounding forest offer a natural backdrop and scenic vistas.
  • The water supply system is a quiet neighbor that preserves rural character in the watershed towns and helps promote sustainable community growth.
  • An active land conservation program protects land from development and increases the value of the remaining private property.
  • Undeveloped forestlands protect the groundwater aquifers which local residents and businesses rely on for their own private drinking water wells.
  • Providence Water supports the financial stability of each of the watershed towns and helps reduce the costs of public services.

Free public tours are designed to provide Providence Water's neighbors with a better understanding of forestry and land management. For additional information please visit our Public Field Tours page.