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 May 14, 2005
Officials planning program for businesses hurt by water problems
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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. East Providence officials say they're putting together an economic assistance program for businesses affected by the city's water woes.

For more than a week, residents and businesses have been warned not to use the water without boiling it.

Many have substituted bottled water and business owners say the added cost and inconvenience is hurting them.

The city says it will announce the details of the economic assistance program later this week.

The warning to boil water came after testing detected contamination. Since those results came in, the city has tested 170 water samples and all have been clean.

Officials say residents can refill water jugs for free between 9 am and 6 pm at Barrington's public safety complex, Seekonk's water works, and the concession building in Pawtucket's Slater Park.

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