San Diego Beaches Closed After Sewage Contamination
The County of San Diego has released a statement advising beach goers to stay out of the water in the coming days. Just in time for the weekend, you can thank the Arizona electrical worker for knocking out the power to millions, causing a ripple effect of problems throughout the region.
The sewage contamination is said to be a result of the power outage. The spill sent an estimated 3.2 million gallons of contaminated water from the San Diego Metropolitan Wastewater System, Pump Station #64, into the Los Penasquitos Lagoon.
An additional sewage spill occurred at Pump Station #1 near I-5 and Highway 54. This spill sent nearly 120,000 gallons into the Sweetwater River which flows into the San Diego Bay.
The spills were discovered at just before 6 p.m. on Thursday night and some sewage continues to leak into the surrounding areas, according to the county.
As a result of the first spill, all beaches north of Scripps Pier through Del Mar and Solana Beach will have signs warning of contamination posted at major beach access points. The smaller spill affects areas around Bayside Park in Chula Vista and the San Diego Bay area near Silver Strand. It is recommended that no one enter the water.
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