2011-06-09 / News

Sewer disks washing up ashore on beaches

On March 6, approximately 4 million white sewer disks about five inches in diameter were released from a treatment facility in New Hampshire. Although 3 million were recovered, 1 million are still washing up on beaches in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

So far in Rhode Island, they have been spotted at East Matunuck and Scarborough. Massachusetts and New Hampshire have tested the disk and did not find bacterial contamination, but bacterial results are unverifi ed. Rhode Island will conduct its own tests soon.

Beaches in Rhode Island are being advised to dispose of the disks as trash with the use of gloves and the state Department of Health is asking beach patrons to remove the debris as they would other beach litter.

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