Swimmers along a 14-mile stretch of LA beaches from Santa Monica to Malibu told to avoid going in the water because levels of bacteria still high a MONTH after 17million gallons of sewage were spilled into ocean
- 17 million gallons of sewage were spilled into the Pacific Ocean after Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant, Los Angeles’ largest wastewater facility, flooded
- The plant became blocked with an ‘overwhelming quantities of debris’
- It led an emergency system to release untreated sewage into Santa Monica Bay for a period of eight hours
- Beachgoers were warned to avoid nearby waters until samples came back negative for ‘elevated bacteria’
- Levels at Malibu Lagoon at Surfrider Beach, Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Mother’s Beach in Marina Del Rey and Avalon Beach at Catalina Island are high
- Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant has been the site of sewage discharge in LA County since the late 19th century
Swimmers along a 14 mile stretch of beach in Los Angeles from Malibu to Marina Del Rey are being told to avoid going into the Pacific Ocean following a sewage spill that saw 17 million gallons dumped into the sea.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has warned people to avoid swimming, surfing and playing in the ocean, particularly around storm drains, creeks, and rivers following the spill which happened last month.
Public health officials have been testing the water every day since the spill exactly one month ago on July 13th but bacteria levels are still exceeding state standards.
The sewage was discharged over an eight-hour span into Santa Monica Bay. Beachgoers are being told to avoid the water around Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica among others
The water at Malibu Lagoon at Surfrider Beach, Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Mother’s Beach in Marina Del Rey and Avalon Beach at Catalina Island still has high levels of bacteria
Visitors to Malibu Lagoon at Surfrider Beach, Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Mother’s Beach in Marina Del Rey and Avalon Beach at Catalina Island, 50 feet west of the pier are being told to avoid going in the water.
The Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant, Los Angeles’ largest wastewater facility, became flooded with ‘overwhelming quantities of debris’.
The backup kicked off an emergency system that released untreated sewage into Santa Monica Bay through a one-mile outfall over a period of eight hours.
At the time, state officials say residents were spared an even greater disaster.
The outflow, which makes up only 6 percent of the plant’s daily amount of sewage, prevented the plant from ‘going completely offline and discharging much more raw sewage.’
Several Los Angeles beaches were put on alert in the days following the spill, including Malibu, San Pedro, Catalina, Marina del Rey, Pacific Palisades and the El Segundo and Dockweiler Beach areas.
Beachgoers were told to avoid the areas until water samples came back negative for ‘elevated bacteria.’ One month after the spill, levels are still above state guidelines
Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn initially attributed the spill to a power outage last month
Some blamed state officials and plant operators for the spill, though later evidence showed it was caused by unknown debris that caused a backup
Local politicians are now demanding answers into what caused led to the swage leak.
‘I’m requesting that the EPA and NOAA investigate the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant’s massive and continuing wastewater discharge into the ocean,’ Rep. Ted Lieu wrote on Facebook last week. ‘This facility plays a critical role in processing wastewater in LA County and its continued problematic operation requires federal action.’
Lieu has said he would like to see an investigation launched by the Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The city has been discharging sewage at the Hyperion plant location since 1894, two years after it bought 200 acres of beachfront property in the area.
The first treatment facility at the site began operating in 1925.