WEST WARWICK—Following the boil-water advisory that lasted four days last weekend and early last week, government officials are brainstorming ways to ensure that customers receive notification in a timely manner from the Kent County Water Authority.
Senator Paul Fogarty (District 23 Glocester, Burrillville, North Smithfield), plans to introduce legislation next session that would require water utility companies to have access to automated phone alert systems.
“Water problems can be very serious emergencies that require immediate notification to customers,” said Fogarty. “The technology to make automated phone calls to all affected residents is easily available and isn’t expensive.”
Although he doesn’t agree with the automatic phone calls Senator Fogarty is trying to introduce, Representative Jared Nunes (District 25 West Warwick, Coventry) said something has to be done.
“I fully intend to submit legislation requiring people to notify people using the emergency broadcast system if they don’t adopt rules of their own,” he added. “As far as Senator Fogarty’s bill goes, with the automatic calls, the problem I see with that is the system can cost money.”
He said the last thing he wants is to have the rate payers see an increase in pay because the water authority has to pay more for the automatic phone calls.
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