NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) – Newport officials say a private sewer line used by two hotel resorts is to blame for sewage odors that have bothered a neighborhood for more than a decade.

City Manager Edward Lavallee said at a City Council meeting Wednesday that the sewer line used by the OceanCliff and Castle Hill resorts is an abandoned gas pipe that is too large for the amount of sewage it carries.

That means sewage settles, rots and becomes septic.

The sewage is forced down to the city swer line during the summer months, when the resorts are especially busy.

OceanCliff has hired a Providence engineering firm to come up with a solution. It’ll also team with Castle Hill to pay for an internal misting system to kill foul odors.


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