Everytime a water faucet is turned on and clean, safe drinking water is available, we experience the success of local, state, and national drinking water protection efforts. Ensuring that drinking water is clean and safe is one of the core functions of the Rhode Island Department of Health. Rhode Island tap water undergoes rigorous and frequent testing to maintain the high standards required by the Safe Drinking Water Act.
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You should know that your water is safe to drink. Community water suppliers are responsible for providing an annual water quality report known as the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR). Small community CCRs are available on the Alantic States Rural Water & Wastewater Association website. Large community CCRs are posted on the individual suppliers website.
Owners of private wells are responsible for making sure their home water supply is safe to drink.
HEALTH and the University of Rhode Island have conducted assessments of the sources of all public water supplies in the state. Summaries for Community water suppliers’ are available from your water supplier or at the links below.
Additional source water protection resources are available at the University of Rhode Island's web page on Source Water Assessments.
Assessments for Non-Community Public Water Systems are available from HEALTH by calling (401)222-6867.
Most people do not understand where their water comes from, how their drinking water is monitored, or that monitoring results are public knowledge. The Drinking Water Watch web portal allows citizens and water suppliers to see drinking water monitoring data and other information for public water systems in Rhode Island.
Water conservation is the most cost-effective and environmentally sound way to reduce our demand for water. HEALTH and the URI Cooperative Extension have developed the Drinking Water Protection Resource Center to help make customers aware of the threats to their drinking water and to explain how to help protect drinking water supplies.
Getting enough water every day is important for your health. Drinking water when thirsty and drinking water with meals helps to ensure our bodies are replenished and healthy. Water helps your body: