Online Payments Offline Temporarily

Effective July 1st, the City of Newport will be introducing a new software program that will help streamline operations for City staff. Please note that while customers will still be able to conduct normal business inside City Hall, residents are advised that certain functions, including online payments, are expected to be impacted through July 18th.


The Water Pollution Control Division is a division of the City of Newport's Department of Utilities that is responsible for management of the City's Sanitary Sewer system, and Storm Drainage system.  

Questions About Rates & Fees

The Water Pollution Control Division is pleased to be able to offer customers several methods of payment. If you have questions about your bill, feel free to browse the links below, or contact us directly at (401) 845-5604.

Forms & Applications

Whether you're looking to secure a final bill before selling or buying a house, are Interested in scheduling a meter test, or securing temporary service you'll need to submit a request through our online portal.  

Our Commitment to a Clean Environment

Learn more about how we're working to provide a clean and healthy environment

Investing in our Island's Future

Learn more about current and recent construction projects

The Water Pollution Control Division operates as an enterprise fund and is responsible for its own financial accounting independent of the overall City budget.  In July 2016, the City entered into a service agreement with Newport Water Services to operate and maintain the wastewater treatment facilities, two CSO facilities, several sewer pump stations, and the UV storm water disinfection system.  Newport Water Services also implements the City's Industrial Pretreatment Program.

As of July 2017, the sanitary sewer collection system and the storm drainage system are operated by staff from the Department of Utilities, Water Pollution Control Division.  The City owns and operates approximately 97 miles of gravity and force main sewer collection pipe delivering domestic, commercial, and industrial waste to a Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) on JT Connell Highway. In addition to the sewer collection pipes, the City also owns and operates 15 sanitary pump stations to assist in conveying flows to the WPCP for treatment.  The City also receives waste water flow from the Town of Middletown, flow from Naval Station Newport, and flow from privately owned and operated sanitary collection systems primarily located in the Newport Neck area. 

During dry weather, sanitary sewer flows are conveyed to the Newport WPCP.  All dry weather flows receive secondary treatment and disinfection at the WPCP prior to discharge into Newport Harbor.  During wet weather, despite the sewer separation projects that have been completed, large quantities of stormwater enter the Newport combined sewer system and can overload the system. Relief points in the system divert the excess flow and allow it to discharge to Newport Harbor.  These discharges are called Combined Sewer Overlfows (CSOs).  Newport currently has two permitted CSO outfalls, each served by a CSO treatment facility that provides partial treatment and disinfection prior to discharge to the harbor.  To learn more about what the City is doing to reduce CSOs please visit the CSO Control Program page.  

In addition to the operation and maintenance of the sanitary and combined sewer system, the City is also responsible for the operation and maintenance of the storm drainage system.  Stormwater runoff is collected in a system of catch basins and directed through a network of pipes and swales to one of the 50 outfalls.  At Easton's Pond Dam and Moat the City operates an ultraviolet light (UV) disinfection system to reduce bacteria loading from the moat prior to the outfall at Easton's Beach.  To learn more about the City's stormwater program please visit our Storm Drainage page.