Skip to content

Posts from the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

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 25, 2021.

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 did not change from the 2020 rate.  The annual District tax on a property assessed at $400,000 is $92.00.

The District encourages customers to pay tax and water bills online at  Online payments can be made by credit card, debit card or banking account withdrawal.  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, 2021.  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, 2021

For Release:  Immediately

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

Request For Proposals


In accordance with its Purchasing Procedure, the Portsmouth Water and Fire District is
requesting proposals from attorneys to serve as general legal counsel to the Administrative
Board and District.

Proposal documents may be obtained from the Portsmouth Water and Fire District, 1944 East
Main Road, P.O. Box 99, Portsmouth, RI 02871, (401-683-2090) or downloaded here.

Sealed proposals will be received by the Portsmouth Water and Fire District at the main office,
1944 East Main Road, Portsmouth, Rhode Island until 2:00 PM, Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at
which time they will be publicly opened and available for review.

2021 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. 4
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 Flanagan Rd. and John Street.

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

Oct. 5
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. 6
East Main Road to Middle Road, from Town Hall to Union Street. Including all streets between East Main Rd. to  Middle Rd.

Oct. 7
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. 12
East Main Road from Lawrence Farms to Fairview Lane and side streets. Vanderbilt Lane to Sandy Point Avenue and all side streets.

Oct. 13
East Main Road from Union Street to Mitchell Lane and side streets, Oakland Farms, Bramans Lane east to Meadowlark Lane. Sandy Point Avenue and Sandy Point Farms.

Oct. 14
Wapping Road to Old Mill Lane.  Bramans Lane and side streets.  Old Mill Lane, Indian Avenue and side streets.

Oct. 18
Sprague Street and side streets from Turnpike Avenue to East Main Road, Portsmouth High School, East Main Road from Chase Ter. to Sprague St. including Atria and Immokolee Dr. to Fox Run Rd.

Oct. 19
Turnpike Avenue from Sprague Street to East Main Rd., and side streets; West Main Road from Statue Way to Sprague Street and side streets.

Oct. 20
Willow Lane and Sprague Street, Bristol Ferry Road to Camara Drive and Mitchell Road, and side streets.

Oct. 21
Bristol Ferry Road from Cherokee Drive to Bay View 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. 26
Island Park and Hummocks Point areas.

Oct. 27
East Main Road from Child Street to Clements and side streets to Sakonnet River. Also Common Fence Point.

Oct. 28
Common Fence Point.

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.

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!

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.