FAIRFIELD - Fairfield recreational shellfish beds reopened last Thursday, June 30 after a 10-day closure due to a sewage main break.

The town’s conservation department tested water samples on June 27 that showed the beds were safe for use, director Brian Carey said. The notice to reopen went out at 10 a.m. on June 30 after the state gave its authorization.

The closure was done out of an abundance of caution, Carey said.

The beds originally closed June 20 after a private sewer contractor installing a line for two new homes struck a pressure sewer main on Pequot Avenue. Resulting septic issues cost the town just under $24,000, Public Works Director Joe Michelangelo said.

The town will forward the invoices for the nearly $24,000 of costs to the contractor that struck the main. Michelangelo said the department also reported the violation to Call Before You Dig.

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