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Contact Information

Robert C. Schultz, Jr.- Acting 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.- Acting 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.

With school closing across the country, we posted downloadable coloring sheets. This way you can download them at home. The pages are free to use. Click here to see the pages that are available. Stay safe.

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: 2019 Consumer Confidence Report Now Available

Tracking our Water Quality: 2019 Consumer Confidence Report Now Available

NEWPORT -- We've made some significant investments to improve our water quality over the last 15 years, and it shows according to the latest 2019 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), which is now available online at

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News & Events

Latest News

City Issues Call for Submissions, Survey for ARPA Fund Ideas

Residents, Non-Profits, Businesses Encouraged to Weigh In
NEWPORT, R.I. (THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2021) – The City of Newport is asking residents, business owners, and non-profits to weigh in on how the City should use roughly $7.2 million in federal funding due to be received through the American Rescue Plan Act.
Non-profits are being asked to submit any and all suggestions for how they could benefit from additional civic support by using the form on the City’s website at no later than Thursday, Oct. 14th.

Downtown Stormwater Improvement Project Set to Begin

Second Phase of Marsh Street Storm Drain Improvement Project

NEWPORT, R.I. -- (FRIDAY, AUG. 27, 2021) The City of Newport’s Department of Utilities is set to begin work on a critical downtown stormwater infrastructure project next week.

The work, which is scheduled to get underway Monday, Aug. 30th, is the second phase of the Marsh Street Storm Drain Improvement Plan and is expected to rehabilitate roughly 1,270 linear feet of badly deteriorated storm drains located in the City’s downtown core. The project is scheduled to begin on Thames Street before continuing to West Marlborough Street and America’s Cup Avenue.

City Awarded Long Awaited Funds to Help Protect Almy Pond

Spouting Rock Drive Reclamation Project Aims to Reclaim Asphalt Roadway and Restore Habitat for Wildlife
NEWPORT, R.I. (Thursday, April 22, 2021) – As Aquidneck Island celebrates Earth Day, the City of Newport, working in partnership with a number of community stakeholders, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $180,000 grant to help protect and restore one of Aquidneck Island’s most threatened bodies of water.

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  Calendar of Events

Zoning Board of Review

The Zoning Board of Review is responsible for overseeing and administering the City's zoning code in a fair and equitable fashion.  Click here for an agenda

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

City Council Meeting

The City Council serves as a the primary decision making body for the City. Join us for its regular monthly meeting, held in the Second Floor Council Chambers at City Hall. Click here to read an agenda and to view the meeting online.

Cliff Walk Commission

The Cliff Walk Commission is charged with overseeing the maintainence, operations, and activities of the City's historic Cliff Walk. Click here for an agenda

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