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Notice to Customers Who Have or Plan to Install Lawn Irrigation

Installation of a lawn irrigation system is required to have a backflow assembly installed per Rhode Island General Laws Title 46 Chapter 46-13 Public Drinking Water Protection. The backflow assembly must be tested annually by an approved, licensed tester and results submitted to the NTFD office. Annual test must be done and submitted at the time of spring seasonal start-up. Click link for full details.

Flyer describing backflow hardware for irrigation system installations.
Flyer describing backflow hardware for irrigation system installations.

What Are Fire District Taxes For?

North Tiverton Fire District is a quasi-municipal agency established in 1927, independent from the Town of Tiverton, by State of Rhode Island legislation. NTFD is chartered to provide drinking-quality water for residential and commercial use, as well as water for firefighting purposes. NTFD is empowered to tax.

District taxes are used to pay for the maintenance and upgrade of the water treatment system (3 pumping stations, etc.) and the distribution system (48 miles of water main, 2 water tanks, street valves, etc.), as well as over 400 fire hydrants. NTFD has replaced or cleaned and relined more than 4 miles of water main since 2010. Taxes are also used to make payments on bonds for major capital improvement projects with the United States Department of Agriculture and the Rhode Island Clean Water Finance Agency. The Fish Road Water Main Replacement Project was the last financed project, completed in 2015.

Taxes are based upon assessed building and land value, as recorded with the Town of Tiverton Tax Assessor, taking into account any Elderly or Veteran exemptions. Assessed tax on commercial property is also based upon tangible assets.

The criteria for assessed taxes are as follows: water is available for service and a fire hydrant is located within 500 feet of the property line. No allowance is made for property with a well as district water is available for use and for firefighting purposes.

North Tiverton Fire District
October 2020

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COVID-19 NOTICE (UPDATED 9/16/2020)

Update of Office Hours and Board Meeting Schedule due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The NTFD office will remain closed to the public until further notice. Payments may be made through the payment slot, by mail, or online.

NTFD will continue to be available for emergency calls. Our new hours are 8:30am to 4:00pm, Monday thru Friday. Calls made after hours are forwarded to our answering service. Non-emergency calls can be recorded and emergency calls are forwarded to on-call personnel.

Service appointments remain limited to emergency situations only.

Governor Raimondo has suspended the open meetings act. Continue to check our website for more details as they become available.

NTFD continues to take the necessary steps to keep our workforce healthy and able to provide the safe drinking water you depend on. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this difficult time.


3/25/2020
Our job at North Tiverton Fire District (NTFD) is to protect the public health through the continued supply of safe, high quality drinking water. NTFD continues to monitor updates as provided by Governor Raimondo, Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). We are following guidelines of both the RIDOH and CDC to ensure the well-being of our employees and provide adequate staffing to maintain critical services. The health and safety of our customers and employees is our top priority.

As a result, this office will be closed to the public until further notice. Payments may be made through the payment slot, by mail, or online at www.northtivertonwater.org. NTFD offices will remain open for emergency calls.

Service appointments will be limited to emergency situations only.

NTFD will be taking precautionary measures to reduce exposure and lessen the impact of COVID-19 on our customers and employees while responding to water emergencies. Some precautions include, frequent handwashing and/or use of hand sanitizer, avoid touching of the mouth, nose and eyes, social distancing, using appropriate PPE when responding to a residence, and staying home if they are sick.

If you experience a water emergency within your home, you will be asked the following questions prior to an employee being dispatched to assist:

  • Have you or anyone in your household travelled in the last 14 days?
  • Have you or anyone in your household had contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  • Have you or anyone in your household experienced a fever greater than 100 degrees, difficulty breathing or cough in the last 14 days?
  • Are you or anyone in your household currently under self-quarantine for symptoms associated with COVID-19?
  • Have you or anyone in your household been in contact with anyone who is currently under self-quarantine for symptoms associated with COVID-19 in the last 14 days?

If the answer is yes to any of the above questions our staff will work with you to determine the best course of action to our response.

While NTFD depends on your timely payment to operate the system, also know, we’re here to help. We are committed to providing support to our customers in the face of disaster. If you or a family member have been affected by COVID-19 and are unable to pay your bill on time, please contact our office at 401-624-8432. Monday through Friday, 8:45am to 4:15pm. Because disinfection and sanitation are critical to combat the spread of the virus, we have suspended water disconnections at this time. We will continue to evaluate this as more information becomes available.

We want to assure you that your water is safe to drink. The United States has strong regulations governing public water. Our water is filtered and treated with chlorine that effectively inactivates viruses and kills pathogens throughout the system. For more information, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-drinking-water-and-wastewater#tapwater

NTFD will take appropriate steps to keep our workforce healthy and able to provide the safe drinking water you depend on. Together, we can help minimize the impacts and extent of the COVID-19 outbreak. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this difficult time.


3/16/2020
This office will be closed to the public until further notice. Payments can be made through the payment slot, through the mail or online at www.northtivertonwater.org. During this time, North Tiverton Fire District will not be turning off water due to nonpayment. Please contact our office if you are having any financial hardships during this COVID-19 time frame.

Service appointments will be limited to emergency situations only.

Should you have any questions, the office will be available to answer Monday through Friday, 8:45am to 4:15pm at 401-624-8432.

Thank you for your understanding,

North Tiverton Fire District

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