Miles of Southern California beach have been closed following the spill of 17 million gallons of sewage
Several miles of Los Angeles-area beaches were closed to swimmers after 17 million gallons of untreated sewage was dumped from a treatment plant in Santa Monica Bay on Sunday.
Los Angeles County Public Supervisor Janice Hahn said via Twitter that a mechanical failure at the Hyperion Water Recovery Plant, the city’s largest treatment plant, resulted in a massive release of water worn.
Plant officials said the facility was “inundated with overwhelming amounts of debris, saving the upstream facilities.”
The plant’s back-up system was triggered and the wastewater flow was controlled through the use of the plant’s mile-long outlet and the discharge of untreated wastewater into the plant. Santa Monica Bay, âplant officials said. in a report.
“About 17 million gallons of sewage (representing six percent of a daily load) were unloaded as an emergency measure to prevent the plant from going completely offline and discharging much more raw sewage “, they declared.
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The spill resulted in the closure of El Segundo Beach, Grand Avenue storm sewer and Dockweiler State Beach at Water Way Extension and Hyperion Plant, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. About 4 miles of beach had to close.
Health officials have warned residents to avoid contact with seawater in the area and said beaches will remain closed until water samples are confirmed negative for bacteria, which should take about 24 hours.
“I understand that the plant was able to prevent an even larger spill, but we will need answers on how and why it happened”, Hahn tweeted.
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