The BCWA will rehabilitate the water pipes in Gibson Road, Ridge Road and Beach Road during the spring of 2017. The work involves “cleaning and cement lining” the interior of the old cast iron water pipes and will improve water quality and flow in these neighborhoods.

BCWA has hired Biszko Contractors to perform the work. The estimated project cost is $900,000, which includes improvements to the water system, police and other related costs.



Most older water mains are made of unlined cast iron. Over the years, these pipes get mineral deposits that, while safe, can decrease water volume in the pipe and discolor water for customers. The water mains in Gibson Road, Ridge Road and Beach Road were installed before 1935. We knew from customer complaints and flow testing that the pipes had considerable build up (rust) on the insides.

Before and after!

BCWA will improve the water mains by “cleaning and lining” the pipes, rather than replacing them. This method allows the work to be completed using several “access pits”, rather than digging trenches along the entire length of the streets. First, crews scrape off the mineral buildup in these mains. Then, a cement lining was installed on the inside of the pipes to prevent the cast iron water main from future mineral build up. The work should effectively double the life of the water mains and keep the water that goes through them clear. (Since the mid-1960s, BCWA has installed ductile iron pipes that come with a factory-installed cement lining for any new water main installations.)


In order to perform these upgrades, the existing water pipes must be taken out of service for several weeks. While the water pipe is shut down, water supply will be provided to customers through temporary above ground water bypass pipes. See the streets marked in yellow above for houses that will be connected to the bypass piping. These pipes will be connected directly to the homes.

Temporary water service piping at driveway entrances will be covered with an asphalt or rubber temporary ramp. At street crossings, the pipes will be buried below ground. There will also be smaller hoses connecting the bypass pipe to the homes.
The water in the bypass pipes is safe to drink. It is tested and meets the same RI Dept. of Health water quality standards as the water from underground pipes. Because the pipe is laid above ground, the temperature of the tap water may be affected by outside temperatures and may be higher than normal.


  •  The water mains in Gibson Road and Ridge Road will be cleaned and lined first. The Contractor will begin laying the bypass piping in this neighborhood in early April.
  •  Installation of the bypass piping on Beach Road will begin later in late April.
  •  If a planned temporary water service shut-off is necessary, affected residents will be notified in advance using door hangers. 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.
  •  The work will be completed before the 4th of July.
  •  Police Officers and flagging operations will be used daily for each construction phase to maintain traffic in the construction work zone.


Clear, clean, high quality drinking water and adequate fire protection is our ultimate objective in all this activity. We realize that there are going to be some inconveniences during the project such as noise, dust, water shutdowns, traffic detours and temporary pavement. We will strive to minimize the inconveniences and annoyances to our customers. Please keep in mind that these temporary inconveniences allow us to make permanent improvements to our system. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

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