Water Supply System Management Plans
Since 1997, the Water Resources Board has administered the water supply planning process, which is integrated with the RI Dept. of Administration's Comprehensive Community Planning process. Water Supply System Management Plans (WSSMPs) are prepared by water suppliers that produce over fifty million gallons of water per year. These plans contain historical and current data on twenty-nine systems including source water, infrastructure, production data such as safe yield, volume of water withdrawn, water use by category, water quality, supply management and demand management. The submission of WSSMPs is a phased process; all remaining five-year updates should be delivered to the Board by the end of this year.
During 2003, seven new plans were approved including those for the Town of South Kingstown Water Department, Stone Bridge Fire District, Pascoag Utility District, Town of Johnston Water Control Facility, United Water Rhode Island and the Providence Water Supply Board. Four WSSMPs are in various stages of review by multiple agencies including the RI Dept. of Environmental Management, RI Dept. of Health, RI Dept. of Administration- Statewide Planning Program, the RI Division of Public Utilities and the Water Resources Board. These plans include those for the University of Rhode Island, Portsmouth Water District, Bristol County Water Authority and the Woonsocket Public Works Department. In addition, the 30-month Interim Report has been approved for the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation.
During 2003, During 2003, the Water Resources Board and the Providence Water Supply Board continued a joint venture to study the feasibility of developing supplemental water supplies for the central service area of the state. The study identifies sources and systems capable of augmenting up to 50 million gallons of water per day in emergency circumstances. It identifies a combination of nearby water system interconnections and new or abandoned groundwater sources to sustain water demand for over 600,000 people served within the central portion of the state. These supplies will provide an independent source of water in case of failure in the Scituate supply reservoir system. The program to date is Phase I of a statewide, supplemental water supply initiative. In Phase II, the program will be extended to include the remaining water supply services areas within the state. The results will identify potential methods for supply augmentation for individual water systems, as well as information germane to the administration of other Water Resources Board programs such as the Board's Emergency Interconnections Program.