October 12, 2008

Sewage Seeps into Colorado Lagoon

By Pamela Hale-Burns

A sewage spill caused the closure of Colorado Lagoon on Saturday morning.

City Health Officer Dr. Helene Calvet issued the closure to all water-based recreational activities involving bodily contact with the water, until tests show bacteria levels have dropped to the level of state law requirements.

According to the Water Department a sewage line near Eighth Street and Pacific Coast Highway overflowed into the street and eventually reached the storm system.

Approximately 1,200 gallons of raw sewage flowed through the storm system and into the lagoon at 400 Park Ave. The overflow may have been due to a grease plug in the line.

The Health Department's Recreational Water Program will continue testing to monitor the bacteriological content of the water and determine when the beaches may be reopened. Beachgoers are encouraged to pay attention to warning signs posted at the beach for their safety.

For more information, call the Health Department Water Quality Information Line at 562-570-4199 or visit the Health Department's Web site.

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