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26,000 Gallons Of LA Sewage Hit Long Beach

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All swimming areas in Long Beach, west of Belmont Pier, are closed after a sewage spill contaminated the water.

The state says the spill was caused by construction work on a sewer line in Los Angeles...about 26,000 gallons of sewage made its way into the Los Angeles River, before flowing out to the ocean.

Teams from the city of Long Beach are monitoring the water quality along the affected beaches, which will reopen when the water quality meets state standards.

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Note that there are four possible levels for beach access. According to the city's website they are:

  • OPEN: Bacterial levels are within State standards. There are no restrictions on water contact activity.
  • ADVISORY: Bacterial levels are outside of State Standards. Contact with water may cause illness and should be avoided.
  • RAIN ADVISORY: Bacterial levels rise significantly during and after rainstorms. Contact with water should be avoided for a period of 72 hours after rainfall ends.
  • CLOSED: Significant risk to health. Avoid any contact with the water until further notice.

For the latest on Long Beach water quality, call the Water Hotline at (562) 570-4199 or visit http://www.longbeach.gov/beachwaterquality.

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