The Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC) provides a variety of services relating to water quality to both residents and companies. NBC’s service area encompasses the metropolitan Providence and Blackstone Valley areas, which include Providence, North Providence, Johnston, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, the northern portion of East Providence and small sections of Cranston and Smithfield.
The NBC's Water Audit Program is a non-regulatory service offered to help business use water efficiently. The program involves reviewing a company's water use practices and recommending ways to reduce overall water consumption. Since the NBC's commercial and industrial sewer use fees are based on meter size and water consumption, a reduction in water usage will reduce sewer charges.
The NBC's Environmental Monitoring for Public Access and Community Tracking (EMPACT) projects are designed to give the public real time access to information about important aspects of the environment -- in this case about Narragansett Bay and Mt. Hope Bay. This information will help us make day-to-day decisions about how we want to use the bays for work and recreation. The data gathered in this project will also help environmental scientists and policy makers to develop sound management practices for two of southeastern New England's most important environmental resources. The US EPA funds EMPACT projects throughout the country.