Sewage release closes Oceano Beach
January 13, 2010
By KAREN VELIE
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.”