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Don't Drink the Water: Malibu Businesses Cited for H2o Violations

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A lifeguard shack by the water in Malibu/Photo by Peggy Archer via the LAist Featured Photos pool
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Malibu has had a longtime struggle with water quality in the area; the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board say "old septic tanks lea[k] sewage into the ocean, Malibu Creek and Lagoon," according to anAP report published on abc7.com. Residents, however, fear that converting to sewer lines "would result in unrestrained development."

But yesterday, the board issued notices citing over "three dozen Malibu businesses and public facilities, including a church, a Franciscan retreat and shopping centers, for various alleged water quality violations." The problems were discovered as board employees worked to determine if they should prohibit septic tanks in the area. "Among those noticed were Our Lady of Malibu Catholic Church, Serra Retreat Center and Surfrider Beach."