Another sewage spill shuts down beach bathing in Orange County


Orange County officials have closed off a portion of the ocean near the west end of Newport Bay from 8th Street after yet another sewer spill.

The Orange County Health Care Agency said Monday that a blocked sewer line at a Newport Bay restaurant leaked about 35,000 to 50,000 gallons of untreated sewage into nearby bodies of water.

That spill comes less than two months after a 48-inch sewer main failed in Carson, spewing millions of gallons of trash into the Port of Los Angeles and polluting beaches in Long Beach and elsewhere in LA and Orange counties.

Before that, last July, 17 million gallons of waste from the Hyperion water reclamation facility in Playa del Rey was dumped into the Santa Monica Bay, closing beaches and prompting outrage and closer scrutiny of the facility’s administration.

A few months earlier, Orange County health officials closed half a mile of Newport Beach shoreline to water sports after a 1,000 gallon sewage spill.

Beaches potentially contaminated by the recent spill will remain closed to swimming, surfing and diving until results of subsequent water quality monitoring meet acceptable standards, the Orange County Health Department said. Another sewage spill shuts down beach bathing in Orange County

Tom Vazquez

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