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News Release

RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade St., Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462

For Release:

July 31, 2000


Sally J. Spadaro 222-4700 ext. 2426
Stephanie Powell 222-4700 ext. 4418
June Swallow 222-6867 (Dept. of Health)


PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management in cooperation with the Department of Health has arranged to test about 200 private drinking water wells in North Smithfield. This testing is paid for from a federal program associated with the investigation of a list of potentially contaminated sites. The analysis of groundwater seeks to identify the potential for off-site migration of contamination.

The well testing program is part of an ongoing statewide screening associated with 38 federally identified sites that have drinking water wells in close proximity. These sites are among 140 sites in Rhode Island on the "CERCLA" list. Six of the 38 sites are located in North Smithfield. Testing has already occurred in Johnston, Scituate, Charlestown and West Greenwich. Upcoming testing is scheduled for Smithfield, Johnston and Tiverton.

DEM will be sending out notices to homeowners in the test area shortly. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to assess the quality of their drinking water. The Department is asking for permission to access property to sample well water for analysis. The sampling and testing of well water will be provided at no cost and participation is completely voluntary. Residents are advised, however, that results will become public records and therefore written consent is required in advance. If a resident chooses not to participate in the program, the State suggests that individual consider similar testing at a licensed private laboratory.

A DEM contractor (Fuss and O'Neill Inc.) will perform the sampling sometime between August 21 and September 8. Based upon the results of these tests, addition rounds of testing may be conducted at a future date.

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