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South Kingstown

About South Kingstown

South Kingstown is one of the fastest growing communities in Rhode Island. This community encompasses 57 square miles, and current population estimates indicate that approximately 28 thousand people live there year-round. The Town is a mixture of residential, rural, urban, and coastal areas. South Kingstown relies entirely on groundwater for drinking water. Some areas of the Town are sewered, but sewers will not be extended to the coastal pond areas or other outlying areas due to cost and feasibility constraints.

The South Kingstown Comprehensive Plan recognizes that septic systems and cesspools are a significant source of contamination to the Town’s ground and surface waters.

Quick Facts

• Population: approximately 28,000
• 6600 onsite treatment systems
• Municipal sewer system serves the Town Center and URI. Public water serves village centers and a portion of densely settled coastal area.

Summary of Wastewater Management Program and Current Results

History of Wastewater Management

Goals of Wastewater Management Program

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