By ecoRI News staff
NEWPORT, R.I. — A sewer lined owned by Naval Station Newport failed Aug. 19, discharging 10,000 gallons of untreated sewage into Newport Harbor, according to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM).
Since notifying DEM of the failure of the force main that morning, Navy staff have used septage haulers and their own vacuum truck to keep the plant’s wet well from overflowing again. A force main is a pipeline connecting wastewater from the discharge side of a pump to a discharge point. Navy staff indicated that repairs of the force main were expected to completed Aug. 20.
Based on the information available, DEM doesn’t expect the overflow to further affect shellfishing in the area. The sewage overflow site is just east of a large area that already is prohibited to harvesting shellfish because of the Newport wastewater treatment facility’s outfall, activities at the Naval Station, and other potential pollutant sources to Newport Harbor.