Tel:  (401) 466-5699         

Fax:  (401) 466-3219

Email: wwp@new-shoreham.com

Wastewater Inspector:

Wayne Pinkham

Program Manager:

Bonny Ryan

With a year-round population of about 1000, Block Island's population in the summer swells to over 10,000 persons.  The Island's water resources consist of a designated sole source aquifer, coastal embayments, drinking water reservoirs, freshwater wetlands and ponds which are all vulnerable to contamination.  The Island is a popular eco-tourism destination and the strength of the local economy depends on the health of the water resources and the unique natural areas.  Appropriate on-site wastewater treatment is essential to prevent pathogens and nutrients from harming the potable water supply and maintain recreational and commercial fish, shell fishing, boating, and swimming. 

In January 2008, the Department of Environmental Management promulgated new Rules for septic systems. Under the new Rules, the term "individual sewage disposal system" (ISDS) was replaced with the term "onsite wastewater treatment system" (OWTS) to better emphasize the importance of treatment in system function and environmental protection.

The Town of New Shoreham amended its Wastewater Ordinance on March 5, 2012.  The adopted ordinance is available on the Town's Clerkbase page.  

All OWTSs shall be subject to onsite inspections.  Frequency will be determined by the Inspector ranging from one to three years, depending upon the type of system and environmental location.  When a system is due for inspection, the owner will be notified by mail that they are required to schedule the inspection with the OWTS Program Manager.  

Treatment Level Zones
Treatment Zones map
located below depicts parcel boundaries overlaying the Resource
Protection Areas (including Great Salt Pond and Water Supply watersheds)
and the treatment level zones.  These zones are delineated based upon a
combinations of factors, including soil type and resource protection

~ Links

          RI DEM Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems


~ Download Documents Below (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader):  Get Adobe Reader

Wastewater Management Regulations

Zoning Ordinance Section 506 - OWTS

Map: OWTS Resource Protection Areas

Map: Status of First Maint. Inspections

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