Greater City Providence

Downcity water main break

A water main burst on Sabin Street outside the Rhode Island Convention Center at around 11:30 this morning. I took these photos at approximately 2:30pm showing a substantial amount of water still flowing into the street:

Water main break

Water main break

The break lifted an entire section of the sidewalk outside the Convention Center at the end near the Dunk:

Water main break

When I walked by again around 4:00pm, the water had subsided to a trickle and Water Department Workers were gone.

Water main break

ProJo reported that water at their Sabin Street headquarters had turned rusty. I can confirm that at my house on Federal Hill we also have rusty water and their was a slight rust tinge to the water in the Promenade Building earlier this afternoon.

Photos by Jef Nickerson

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.

1 comment

  • This explains why my water was rusty brown today. When it burst it stirred up sediment and plus the contamination from the ground.

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