Exactly one month after a sewage spill shut the Kickemuit River to shellfishing, state health officials have re-opened the river and given its waters a clean bill of health.
Based on acceptable results of shellfish samples collected Monday, the Department of Environmental Management re-opened the river to shellfishing at sunrise Thursday, July 24. The river had been closed since a sewage overflow on Thursday, June 26 caused by a crack in the force main valve at Bristol’s Kickemuit River pump station. Bristol sewage workers estimated that as much as 10,000 gallons of untreated sewage flowed into the river before the cracked main was replaced that Thursday evening. State officials immediately closed the river to both shellfishing and swimming, but re-opened it to swimming a few days after the spill.