Source - Ventura County Govt.

Massive Sewage Spill Closes Seven Miles of California Beaches : From Sewer to Shoreline

April 23, 2023
1 min read

Seven miles of California beaches will stay closed until next week because of a massive sewage spillage on Thursday. The spill occurred when a blockage caused the sewer main line to overflow, according to the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services.

There was a malfunction in equipment used by sanitation maintenance crews that caused the sewage spill on Thursday morning. The spill initially occurred in Downey, a city situated 15 miles from Long Beach.

However, the spill somehow managed to reach the Los Angeles River. Water from the Los Angeles River connects to the Pacific Ocean in Long Beach, meaning pollution upriver can impact the city’s coastal waters.

The spill was “rather large” and beaches will likely be closed until at least Wednesday next week, said Jennifer Rice Epstein, a spokesperson for the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services. Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis made the call to close all coastal swimming areas in Long Beach due to the sewage spill.

Sewage also overflowed into the streets, according to the agency. Once the department gets two consecutive clean samples, beaches will reopen. The company had a maintenance crew cleaning a sewer in Downey, about 13 miles southeast of Los Angeles when the spill occurred.

The malfunctioning of equipment that was being used to clean the sewer created a plug, which caused the sewage spill. The sewage that spilled traveled through openings in the curb, leading to underground storm drain pipes, which usually lead to rivers.

The organization is offering free car washes to residents who had to drive through the spill or whose cars were parked in the area. The city cited a state law that requires temporary closures until the water quality meets state requirements. Health authorities with the city of Long Beach are “currently monitoring water quality” on the beaches.

Latest from Blog

American Public Schools Face Higher Air Pollution

Different races and ethnicities now have access to different air quality, particularly in areas near highways and industrial areas. The first national trends in exposure to nitrogen dioxide and fine particle pollution
Geothermal Plant

Philippines To Get New Geothermal Plants For Clean Energy

Energy Development Corporation President and Chief Operation Officer Richard Tantoco were recognized as one of this year’s ESG, Diversity, and Climate Trailblazers in Governance, Risk, Compliance (GRC) company Diligent’s 2022 Modern Governance

Hard & Durable Material Made From Mushrooms: MyLea

Mycotech is a startup based in Indonesia. They create sustainable products, bio-fibers and majorly specialize in MyLea, a form of sustainable leather. BioBo – bricks made from mushroom and mycelium are sustainable
Provocative Art Made From Daily Trash

Provocative Art Made From Daily Trash

Provocative Art Made From Daily Trash Pablo Llana is a contemporary artist, based out of Tijuana, Mexico. He had been publishing artworks since 2010. His work sculptures are upcycled from food-products waste

Don't Miss

Canals of Imperial Valley which bring irrigational water from Colorado to serve the farm lands

Imperial Valley’s Water Barons: How 20 Families Command the Colorado River

As various issues regarding water usage and conservation