Emergency officials to alert public on water woes

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency will help advise the public about a boil-water advisory if another is required.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1dVQpQK ) that Jamia (ja-MEE’-ah) McDonald, director of the agency, says technology allows officials to notify nearly anyone, anywhere at any time.

Utilities Administrator Thomas F. Ahern told Water Authority general manager Timothy J. Brown at a recent meeting he would give the water agency an “A” for operations and an “incomplete” for notification.

Officials are expected to share technology allowing water authorities to notify the public quickly about emergencies.

No illnesses have been reported after E. coli bacteria were found last month in a water tank used by the Kent County Water Authority. Some officials complained that the public wasn’t notified quickly.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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