Block Island Times

Fred Benson Town Beach to connect to town water

During the Town Council’s meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 18 (the same meeting where the Holiday Stroll was cancelled), Town Manager Maryanne Crawford addressed the use of a well at Fred Benson Beach Pavilion for its water supply. The well has experienced “problems in recent years; nine out of the last 16 years,” she said.
“The water that [Fred Benson Beach Pavilion] supplies out of that well is considered a public water supply, based on the number of folks that use that well during the short season there,” said Crawford.
Crawford added that the best option would be to “abandon the well, and to tie into the Block Island Water Company to provide the water service to the beach.”
“There’s enough water allocation to do that,” said Crawford. The superintendents of both the Water and Sewer Companies have been increasingly vocal about ensuring there is enough capacity at both plants to accommodate the increasing, and larger scale, developments happening on Block Island.
Councilor Martha Ball asked if the Fred Benson Beach Pavilion was connected to the Block Island Water Company
“The town beach isn’t connected to the town water now?” asked Ball.
“No, it’s not. It’s only when we

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