Contact Information

Robert C. Schultz, Jr.- Director of Utilities

Billing Inquiries: 
(401) 845-5604

General Information and all Other Inquiries:
(401) 845-5600

Emergency After Hours Contact:
(401) 845-5826


Contact Information

Robert C. Schultz, Jr.- Director of Utilities

Billing Inquiries: 
(401) 845-5604

General Information and all Other Inquiries:
(401) 845-5600

Emergency After Hours Contact:
(401) 845-5826


Department of Utilities

Drinking Water

The Water Division operates and manages the source water reservoirs, treatment plants, storage tanks and distribution system throughout Newport, the Town of Middletown and a small portion of the Town of Portsmouth. We also sell water wholesale to the Portsmouth Water and Fire District and Naval Station Newport.


The Water Pollution Control Division is responsible for providing wastewater, or sewer treatment, for the residents of Newport. Additionally, we also provide wastewater treatment on a wholesale basis to the Town of Middletown and Naval Station Newport. 



We're responsible for managing and improving Newport's Stormwater System as we work to improve the quality of our environment from stream to ocean. 

Construction Updates

We're committed to maintaining and improving our civic infrastructure. For updates on how we're preparing Newport for its next 100 years, click on the following links below.

The Department of Utilities is comprised of two divisions, the Water Division, which is responsible for drinking water; and the Water Pollution Control Division, which operates the City's sanitary sewer system and stormwater system. We're committed to protecting our natural resources and believe that maintaining our infrastructure is a vital component of maintaining and improving our quality of life. Our office is located at 70 Halsey Street and we can be reached at (401) 845-5600 or by email.

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Additional Information

Lead & Drinking Water

Know the facts about lead and your drinking water

Watershed Protection

Learn about our efforts to protect Newport's watersheds

Consumer Confidence Reports

Check out the latest Consumer Confidence Report

Understanding Your Bill

Do you have questions about your bill? We can help

Water on Aquidneck Island

Like any island, we take our fresh water seriously


Click through for answers to some our most popular questions

Important Utilities News

Tracking our Water Quality: 2021 Consumer Confidence Report Now Available

Tracking our Water Quality: 2021 Consumer Confidence Report Now Available

NEWPORT -- We've made some significant investments to improve our water quality over the last 16 years, and it shows according to the latest 2021 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), which is now available online at www.cityofnewport.com/ccr21.


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News & Events

Latest News


Work Set to Begin October 31st
NEWPORT, R.I. (WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26th, 2022) – Please be advised that the City of Newport’s Department of Utilities, Water Pollution Control Division will be making necessary improvements to the City's Sanitary Sewer System Infrastructure beginning next week on Ledyard Street, from Broadway to Union Street. 

The Department's contractor, Boyle & Fogarty (B&F), will begin performing this critical and necessary infrastructure work on October 31, 2022 with an anticipated completion date of December 2, 2022.


Overnight Water Main Flushing to Run Oct. 16th – Nov. 3rd
NEWPORT, R.I. (THURSDAY, Oct. 13, 2022) – As part of the Newport Water Division's (NWD) ongoing water distribution system maintenance, a water main flushing program in designated areas will begin during evening hours starting Sunday, October 16, 2022, and ending November 3, 2022. To minimize impacts to our customers, flushing crews will begin at 8:00 p.m. and continue until 4:00 a.m.  

City to Conduct Smoke Testing on North End Sewer Lines

Inspections Slated for Week of August 22nd
NEWPORT, R.I. (MONDAY, AUGUST 15h, 2022) – Residents in portions of Newport’s North End neighborhood are being advised that contractors from Wright-Pierce, working on behalf of the City of Newport, will be conducting smoke testing in sewer lines during the week of August 22, 2022.

While most of the work will be performed on public property, crews may need to walk across residential areas located within the public right-of-way as part of the inspection process.

Crews will be going to door-to-door in advance of the testing with informational flyers describing the process and providing important contact information.

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  Calendar of Events

Planning Board Meeting

The Planning Board is the steward for the City's Comprehensive Plan, which sets the long-term goal for the City and is a key measure by which large development projects and zoning relief are evaluated. ​Read the agenda

Canvassing Authority Meeting

The Newport Canvassing Authority is charged with conducting all elections for the City of Newport.

Under the direction of the State Board of Elections, and in cooperation with the Secretary of State, the Canvassing Authority is involved in all phases of the electoral process, from voter registration to tallying the votes after the polls close on election day.

Beach Commission Meeting

The Beach Commission is charged with advising the City Council on matters related to the City's beaches. | View the agenda

Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission is tasked with providing advice to the City on how to make Newport safer and more accessible for cyclists and pedestrians. 

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