LA River sewage pollution forces beach closures in Long Beach


A sewage spill in Compton has forced temporary beach closures in Long Beach, officials confirmed Tuesday.

dr Long Beach City Health Officer Anissa Davis ordered all swimming areas west of Belmont Pier to be temporarily closed for exposure to water, according to a city statement.

The closure will remain in place until water quality meets state standards.

Los Angeles County and state officials told the city Monday night that about 12,000 gallons of sewage entered the LA River that day, the statement said.

“The sewage spill occurred in the city of Compton due to a grease blockage that caused sewage to overflow from a manhole,” city officials said. “For their safety, the community is encouraged to pay close attention to all warning signs posted on the beach.”

Inspectors from the Long Beach Department of Health are monitoring water quality along the affected stretch of beach, according to the statement.

For the latest water quality updates, members of the public can call the city’s water hotline at (562) 570-4199 or visit

The spill comes about a month after a failed sewer line in Carson dumped 6 million to 7 million gallons of untreated sewage into the Dominguez Canal, forcing beach closures in LA and Orange counties, including Long Beach.

An investigation found the 60-year-old line was damaged by sulfuric acid buildup and may have been strained by record-breaking rains that swept across California in December. The line should be replaced within the year.

In July, a leak from the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant dumped more than 17 million gallons of raw sewage into the Santa Monica Bay.

Plant officials said a large amount of debris unexpectedly clogged the plant’s filter screens.

A report released weeks after the spill found that multiple communication failures between city and county authorities were delaying key public alerts and emergency response.

Last month, more than 100 El Segundo area residents filed a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles, accusing it of exposing them to toxic hydrogen sulfide gas and other hazards during and after the spill. LA River sewage pollution forces beach closures in Long Beach

Tom Vazquez

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