Providence, RI – Rhode Island Health officials are urging residents to avoid contact with the Blackstone River following a sewage spill over the weekend.
According to the Health Department, 920,000 gallons of partially treated sewage leaked into the river when a contractor in Woonsocket accidentally broke a sewage line. Spokesman Peter Hanney says the leak occurred on Sunday between 3pm and 7pm.
"We're almost 24 hours from then," he says. "By tomorrow morning, that should have cleared through the Blackstone River."
Hanney says Rhode Islanders should avoiding swimming, boating, or fishing in the river until Tuesday. Walking alongside the Blackstone is not considered a health risk.
Contact with sewage can lead to fever, diarrhea, and a range of infections.
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