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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 23, 2023. 

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 will stay the same as the 2022 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, 2023.  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 20, 2023

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.

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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!

Notice to Customers Who Have or Plan to Install Lawn Irrigation

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.