Sewage release closes Oceano Beach

January 13, 2010


Public health officials closed Oceano Beach today as the result of a sewage release of between 160,000 to 180,000 gallons.

The flow of partially treated effluent was released into the Pacific Ocean from a pipe located some 4,000 feet offshore and 60 feet below the ocean’s surface between 4 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. today. A malfunctioning chlorinating system, blamed for the contaminated release, has since been restored.

Samplings of ocean water will be used to determine if there isa health risk because of elevated bacteria levels.

“As a precaution, we took samples and we will know tomorrow,” said Richard Lichtenfels, San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department supervising environmental health specialist. “The good news is it was partially treated. We are hoping our beaches will be OK.”

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“A malfunctioning chlorinating system, blamed for the contaminated release”, sounds fishy, like oh, let’s blame the system, not the systems manager or maintenance supervisor, I’d like to see a full report of what happened to prevent it from happening again. Like the Mens Colony, they have no functional back up system?

This is a reply to my own comment,” seems when it comes to this (stuff), some don’t want transparency or accountability? Maybe look the other way and hope your down wind?

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Wouldn’t make sense to just close the beach for a week and then start testing now would it? Not if you can prove the obvious!