The BCWA is replacing water mains in Metacom Avenue, from Bay View Avenue north to Robin Drive during the summer of 2016. The expansion of the high pressure zone of our system in the

Installing new pipe
Installing new pipe

upper elevations of the Town of Bristol was planned for several years in the future. However, the RIDOT announced plans to improve the major intersections from the tank area at Bay View Avenue north to Tupelo St during 2017. The BCWA decided to take advantage of significantly reduced pavement restoration costs if the main is installed prior to the DOT completing their project.

Replacing this main is the first step to expansion of the high pressure zone. The project involves replacing approximately 4500 feet of old 8” pipe (see picture at left) with 12” diameter new ductile iron pipe. When Phase 1 is complete, the high pressure zone will be expanded to include the neighborhoods shown below, and fire protection throughout the high pressure zone will be greatly increased. Phase 2, to be completed in the future, will expand the
high pressure zone to include several additional neighborhoods to the north that currently experience low water pressure.

The BCWA has chosen D’Ambra Construction to perform the work. The cost is approximately $2,000,000 and includes engineering design and inspection, the contractor’s fee to install the new pipe and police protection during construction.metacom_driveways

In order to perform these upgrades, the existing water main must be taken out of service for several weeks. While the water main is shut down, water supply will be provided to affected customers (shown in green on the map) through temporary above ground water bypass lines. These lines will be connected to each of the affected homes so that those customers will not lose water service.

Temporary water service piping at driveway entrances will be covered with asphalt and temporary ramp. At parking lots and street crossings, the pipes will be buried below ground.
The water in the bypass pipes is safe to drink. It is tested and meets the same high water quality standards as the water from underground pipes. BCWA does not anticipate significant discoloration of water during this project; however, crews may need to turn water valves, which may cause temporary discoloration of water. Discoloration of water is usually linked to naturally-occurring sediment and rust in the water main. It does not pose a health risk, and it normally goes away after flushing. The temperature of your water will also be affected by outside temperatures, and in high summer heat, the water temperature may be quite high.


  •  All businesses on Metacom Avenue will remain open during the construction, including access to off-street parking areas.
  •  If a temporary water service shut-off is necessary, affected residents will be notified in advance. Scheduled service interruptions will be minimized to the extent possible
  •  Trees and plants in public space will be protected to the extent possible. If removed or damaged, they will be replaced
  •  Please use extra caution when walking, driving, biking or running in the construction project area and over any temporary piping structures
  •  BCWA will require the Contractor to maintain the area safe throughout the project and all areas will be restored to original conditions.
  •  All areas excavated will be restored and patched with temporary pavement as soon as possible.
  •  Normal work hours: 7:00am – 3:00pm, Monday through Friday
  •  Police Officers and flagging operations are on site daily for each construction phase to maintain traffic in the construction work zone. All Traffic Control Plans are approved by the RI Department of Transportation, Bristol Police Department and the BCWA.



Should you have any questions or concerns about a worker wanting access to your basement, please don’t hesitate to call our office at 401-245-2022 between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday.