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Annual Water District Property Tax Bills

The Portsmouth Water and Fire District will be mailing the annual water district property tax bills on October 28, 2020.

Philip Driscoll, Chairman of the Administrative Board, indicated that the District’s tax rate is $0.23 per thousand dollars of assessed value. Mr. Driscoll noted that the tax rate has increased by $0.02 over the 2019 rate. The annual District tax on a property assessed at $400,000 is $92.00.

The District office remains closed at this time due to Covid-19, however, the District encourages customers to pay tax and water bills online at Online payments can be made by credit card or debit card. There are no charges assessed for online payments. Additionally, payments can be made by mail or at the payment slot located at the District office.

Tax bills are due on December 1, 2020. Interest of 1% each month will be applied to the unpaid balance for any accounts not paid by the due date.

Any District property owner that has not received a water district tax bill by mid November should contact the District office at 683-2090.

Date: October 21, 2020

For Release: Immediately

Philip T. Driscoll – 683-2090
Jessica Lynch – 683-2090

2020 Flushing Schedule


The Portsmouth Water and Fire District will be flushing water mains from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. per the following schedule:

Oct. 5
East Main Road from Pine Tree Rd. to Hargraves Dr. Middle Road from Town Hall to Mill Ln.

Mill Ln. from Middle Rd. to West Main Rd. West Main Rd. from Union St. to Hedly St. including Father Flanagan’s and John Street.

Hedly St. from East Main Rd. to West Main Rd. and all side streets, including Industrial Park

Kings Grant and all side streets.

Oct. 19
Sprague Street and side streets from Turnpike Avenue to East Main Road, Portsmouth High School,

East Main Road to Hargraves Drive from Sprague Street, including Atria and Immokolee Drive to    Fox Run Road.

Oct. 20
Sprague Street to Freeborn Street, Turnpike Avenue and side streets; West Main Road from Statue Way to Sprague Street and side streets.

Oct. 21
Willow Lane and Sprague Street, Bristol Ferry Road to Camara Drive and Mitchell Road, and side streets.

Oct. 22
Bristol Ferry Road from Cherokee Drive to Bayview Avenue, Boyds Lane to East Main Road and side streets. East Main Road from Sprague Street and Child Street to Boyds Lane and side streets, including Viking Drive area.

Oct. 27
Island Park and Hummocks Point areas.

Oct. 28
East Main Road from Child Street to Clements and side streets to Sakonnet River. Also, Common Fence Point.

Oct. 29
Common Fence Point.


Oct. 6     Middle Road from Mill Ln. to Benjamin Dr. and all side streets to the west, Mill Lane and all side streets, West Passage Drive to Locust Avenue, Stonegate Drive, Greylock Drive, and Greystone Terrace area. Kings Grant to Corys Ln. including St. Phil’s

Oct. 7     East Main Road to Middle Road, from Town Hall to Union Street. Including all streets between East Main Rd. to Middle Rd.

Oct. 8     East Main Road from Sherwood Terrace to Vanderbilt Lane, East Main Rd. to the Sakonnet River, Union Street, Jepson Lane, and all side streets.

Oct. 13   East Main Road from Lawrence Farms to Fairview Lane and side streets. Vanderbilt Lane to Sandy Point Avenue and all side streets. 

Oct. 14   East Main Road from Union Street to Mitchell Lane and side streets, Oakland Farms, Bramans Lane east to Meadow Lark Lane. Sandy Point Avenue and Sandy Point Farms.

Oct. 15   Wapping Road to Old Mill Lane.  Bramans Lane and side streets.  Old Mill Lane, Indian Avenue and side streets

Discoloration of the water is expected during and after the flushing.  Flushing in one area may create discolored water in other areas. Customers are advised to avoid washing clothes and those with hot water tanks are advised to avoid drawing hot water during the flushing hours and until any discoloration has cleared.  It is expected that the water will clear by midday after the flushing.  Customers may also experience low water pressure during the flushing.  This schedule is subject to weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances.


The Portsmouth Water District will be taking precautionary measures to mitigate exposure and reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our customers and employees while responding to water emergencies. We are committed to safe and reliable service to our customers and are doing our part to protect the community which we service.

In keeping with public health guidelines, we are taking precautionary measures to limit your exposure and that of our employees.

What to Expect

If you experience a water emergency within your home, you will be asked the following questions prior to an employee being dispatched to assist:

  • Have you had contact with anyone with confirmed COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  • Have you experienced a fever greater than 100 degrees, difficulty breathing or cough in the last 14 days?
  • Are you or anyone in your household currently under self-quarantine for symptoms associated with COVID-19?
  • Have you or anyone in your household been in contact with anyone who is currently under self-quarantine for symptoms associated with COVID-19 in the last 14 days?

If the answer is yes to any of the above questions our staff will work with you to determine the best course of action to our response. Our employees have been instructed to take precautionary measures to mitigate their and your exposure to limit the risk of infection.  Some of the precautions include, frequent handwashing and/or use of hand sanitizer, avoiding touching mouth, nose and eyes, keeping a safe distance from anyone who is quarantined or sick, using appropriate PPE when responding to a residence where someone is quarantined or sick, and staying home if they are sick.

We appreciate your understanding and patience during this difficult time.


Due to increased health concerns regarding COVID-19, the Portsmouth Water and Fire District will be closed to the public until further notice.  Payments can be made through the payment slot located at the office, through the mail, or at  During this time, Portsmouth Water and Fire District will not be turning off water due to non-payment.

Additionally, service appointments will be limited to emergency situations only.

Should you have any questions, the office will be available to answer calls Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm at 401-683-2090.


Portsmouth Water & Fire District office will be closed to the public until further notice. Payments can be made via mail, entrance mail slot, or online.

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Our Emergency Notification System is an ultra high-speed telephone communication service designed to deliver emergency messages and distribute information considered to be important in all or specific areas of the Water District. For more details click here!


Installation of a lawn irrigation system is required to have a backflow assembly installed per Rhode Island General Laws Title 46 Chapter 46-13 Public Drinking Water Protection. The backflow device must be approved by the Portsmouth Water & Fire District prior to installation and inspection.  Contact Mike Hebert, Cross Connection Control Manager, for more information at 401 683-2090 ext.228 Click link for full details.