The treatment plant has undergone extensive improvements that have made the facility more operationally friendly and efficient.
 
The upgrade brings the collection system and plant, which was built in 1954, into compliance with new state Department of Environmental Management mandates. As well as the renovations at the plant, United Water has increased flow capacity at both the Watchemoket Cove and Boyden Boulevard Pumping Stations, designed to help eliminate sewer system overflows.
 
In 2010, United Water began a 10-year, design-build-operate (DBO) contract for the City’s wastewater collection and treatment facilities, which provide service to roughly two-thirds of East Providence’s 50 000 residents.