Chet Smolski, Rhode Island College


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January 1960


The Wastewater Treatment Facility and Water Pollution Control Division serves East Providence and Barrington RI as a pollution deterrent and sewage facility. It is down the coast from the Bucklin Point facility and across the water from the Ponham Lighthouse. Located in Narragansett Bay and in the center of this photograph, the lighthouse was operated by the U.S. Coast Guard from the time it was built in 1871 until it was deactivated in 1974.


Bibliography: Jordy, William H. "Buildings of Rhode Island." Oxford, 2004, pp. 445. Davis, Andrew Jason. Personal interview via phone call with The East Providence Waste Water Treatment Facility. 3 Jul. 2012.


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Public works

Subject Headings

Sewage -- Purification -- Rhode Island -- East Providence; Lighthouses -- Rhode Island;

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United States

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Rhode Island

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Street Address

1 Crest Avenue


waterfront, municipality buildings, waste water treatment facilities, East Providence, Pomham Light, Narragansett Bay