100-Year Anniversary Of Law That Created the Providence Water Supply System
Scituate, Rhode Island: The Providence Water Supply Board and State Representative Michael Marcello of Scituate proudly held a commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of the enabling legislation that created the Scituate Reservoir for the City of Providence and related water supply system.
The event took place on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 10am in the lobby of the Treatment Plant at 61 North Road, Rte. 116, Hope, RI 02831.
The commemoration was open to the public and included optional walking tours of portions of the reservoir and watershed areas.
Following the ceremony, Providence Water offered a public tour for those who were interested in engineering and public works projects. For more information about public tours and future registrations, please click here.
“Today we enjoy affordable, high quality drinking water because 100 years ago our State’s forefathers set in motion a grand plan to address not only their current needs, but those of generations of Rhode Islanders to come,” noted Providence Water Supply Board Chairperson Xaykham Khamsyvoravong.
The long history of the Scituate Reservoir and the Providence Water Supply Board begins in 1913 when the Providence City Council appointed a Water Supply Board to locate a larger water supply for the city. Legislation was enacted in 1915 that cleared the way for construction of the reservoir.
"The presence of the Reservoir completely transformed our community and it is important to recognize not only the benefits it now provides but also to remember the sacrifices that many of Scituate's residents made since the passage of this milestone legislation," said Michael Marcello, State Representative (D-41 Scituate/Cranston).
At the time, the treatment plant was the most technologically advanced of its day. It was renovated in the 1940’s and again in the 1960’s. It remains the largest capacity conventional filtration treatment facility in New England today. It has an aggregate capacity of 39 billion US gallons and a surface area of 7.2 miles.
The Scituate Reservoir is managed by the Providence Water Supply Board. Water is delivered to the system’s 72,300 retail service connections and 9 wholesale communities through a system of 870 miles of water mains ranging from 6” to 66” in diameter.
About Providence Water:
Providence Water is owned and operated by the City of Providence and serves 600,000 Rhode Islanders in several metropolitan communities. Providence Water operates the largest water utility in Rhode Island and gets water from a series of surface water reservoirs located in the central portion of the Rhode Island.