EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — East Providence and Bristol County water officials say there is a leak in their transmission water main near the Port of Providence.
The main water supply will remain on, however, as a precaution, a test of a backup emergency water supply line is scheduled for Friday, April 12 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Residents in the East Providence area may see discoloration or a drop in water pressure as a result. Those who experience these impacts are encouraged to call the East Providence Water Division at (401) 435-7741.
“We have a leak and we are hoping to repair that without shutting down the main but they are not sure that will be the case,” Executive Director Pam Marchand of the Bristol County Water Authority said.
Officials say even if there is some discoloration, the water will be safe to use.
“We don’t anticipate a safety issue, it’s more of an aesthetic issue,” Jim Marvel, superintendent of the East Providence Water Department said. “We do monitor very closely the water quality. We do bacteria tests every day. To the best of our knowledge, the water will be fine.”
The East Bay pipeline was installed in 1998 and crosses the Providence River 160 feet below the surface of the water. It connects the Port of Providence to Pawtucket Avenue in East Providence.
The emergency line is about half the size of the main supply line. East Providence officials say they are working to add a second main line to avoid problems like this in the future.