United Water Awarded for Protecting Waters Around Narragansett Bay

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Protecting the environment is our most important job, and so, we’re pleased to announce that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has singled out our wastewater treatment plants in Newport and Providence, Rhode Island, for their exceptional work in protecting the environmentally sensitive waters in and around Narragansett Bay.


Millions of annual visitors to the region enjoy this scenic waterway and expect nothing less than for it to be safe and clean.  Sailing, boating, fishing, kayaking, cruising, swimming and seal watching are a few of the recreational opportunities it offers.


This year, as stewards of this estuary, United Water East Providence received two awards: the 2014 Regional EPA Industrial Pretreatment Program Award and the 2014 Regional EPA Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation and Maintenance Award. United Water Newport won the 2014 Regional EPA Industrial Pretreatment Program Award.


We’re proud of the work we have accomplished with our partners in New England, and by the United Water employees who lead those partnerships.


The East Providence and the Newport plants were both nominated by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) “to acknowledge all the outstanding work” performed by the plants over the years, as well as for “exceptional work in inspecting, permitting and sampling its industrial users that discharge industrial waste into the City’s collection system.”


In East Providence, United Water reconfigured the plant to include, among other things, technology that improves water quality in the Providence River and Narragansett Bay by using naturally occurring microorganisms, rather than chemicals, to remove nitrogen and other nutrients during treatment. In Newport, United Water diligently maintains Newport’s Industrial Pretreatment Program, which reduces the volume of pollutants discharged into the sewer system.


Congratulations to the teams at United Water East Providence and United Water Newport!



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