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Request For Proposals


The Portsmouth Water and Fire District will be accepting proposals for Miscellaneous Construction and Repairs to the District’s water system for the period March 1, 2023 through February 28, 2024.

Proposals will be received by the Portsmouth Water and Fire District at the main office, 1944 East Main Road, P.O. Box 99, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, 02871 until 10:00 AM (EST), Thursday, February 9, 2023, at which time they will be publicly opened and available for review.

Each proposal must be submitted on the required Proposal Form. Each proposal must be submitted in a sealed envelope, addressed to the Portsmouth Water and Fire District, and shall be clearly marked on the outside as “Proposal for Miscellaneous Construction and Repairs to Water System”.

Proposal Forms and Specifications are available at the Portsmouth Water and Fire District, 1944 East Main Road, P.O. Box 99, Portsmouth, RI 02871 or at the link below.

Proposal Form available here – Misc Construction Proposal Form and Specifications

Public Notice

Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we are doing to correct this situation. See official notice below.

NEWS RELEASE – Property Tax Bills

The Portsmouth Water and Fire District will be mailing the annual Water and Fire District
property tax bills the week of October 24, 2022.

Philip Driscoll, Chairman of the Administrative Board, indicated that the District’s tax rate is
$0.24 per thousand dollars of assessed value. Mr. Driscoll noted that the tax rate increased $0.01
over the 2021 rate. The annual District tax on a property assessed at $400,000 is $96.00.

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.

Customers who pay their tax or water bills using a bill-pay service must reference their water or
tax account number on the check to ensure payment is posted to the proper account.

Payments are due on December 1, 2022. 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 25, 2022

For Release: Immediately

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

Low Income Household Water Assistance Program

LIHWAP helps eligible low income households pay their overdue water and wastewater bills in excess of $150 through federal grants. Individuals and families may receive help with a one-time payment for their water and/or wastewater bill to the utility company. Click this link for full details.

Get Alerts → CodeRED

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!