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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Frequently Asked Questions - Do You Know? - Watershed

How many square miles comprise our watershed?

The watershed is 92.8 square miles.

How much land in owned by Providence Water in the Scituate Reservoir watershed?

Providence Water owns 5,000 acres of water and 13,000 acres of forest.

How many species were identified in the 2011 BioBlitz that was held on the Providence Water property?

1,000 species were identified (including plants and animals).

What the favorite food is for deer in the watershed?

 The leaves of young tree seedlings.

What forest products are generated from the watershed?

Firewood, lumber, mulch, witch hazel, maple syrup, and wood chips for energy.

If any recreational activities can take place on Providence Water property?

Personal recreational activities are not compatible with drinking water security but we do encourage participation in the guided tours we offer.

In which towns the Scituate Reservoir watershed is located in?

Scituate, Foster, Glocester, Western Cranston, and Western Johnston.

What the five main tributary reservoirs are that flow into the Scituate Reservoir?

The Barden, the Moswansicut, the Ponaganset, the Regulating Reservoir, and the Westconnaug.

What the largest physical asset that the City of Providence owns?

The watershed property is the largest physical asset that the City of Providence owns.

How many trees were planted on old farm land after the creation of the Scituate Reservoir watershed?

7 million trees have been planted.

What are some of the larger tree species (i.e. those that grow large enough to have value as wood products)?

White pine, red pine, pitch pine, scarlet oak, red oak, black oak, white oak, white ash, and yellow birch.

How much water is used to flush a toilet?

A standard toilet uses 3.5 gallons of water to flush.  All of those flushes can add up to approximately 20 gallons per day.

How much water it takes to fill an average bathtub?

Taking a bath requires up to 70 gallons of water.

How much water the average person uses per day?

 The average resident uses about 100 gallons of water per day.

How many gallons of water an average person will drink in their lifetime?

 If the average person drinks the 'required' 64 ounces of water per day and lives to age 80, he/she will consume 14,600 gallons of water during their lifetime.