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A crack in the force main valve at a pump station was the cause of a leak of 10,000 gallons of sewage into the Kickemuit River and Mount Hope Bay area in Bristol, RI.

Workers repaired the system last Thursday night and the valve is no longer discharging sewage into the river.

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As a result of the leak, a shell-fishing ban was in place in the Kickemuit River area until further notice.

As precaution, the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is advising people to refrain from contact recreation along the Kickemuit River.

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The DEM will conduct sampling of the river water and shellfish to determine a date when the waters and shell-fishing are safe.

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