Sewage spill closes Moonstone Beach

February 27, 2010

Public health officials closed Moonstone Beach in Cambria Saturday as the result of a sewage spill that occurred at around 12:15 a.m.

A mudslide that ruptured water and sewer lines was determined to be the culprit in the 10,000 gallon raw sewage spill. From there, the sewage flowed down Santa Rosa Creek into the Pacific Ocean.

Samplings of ocean water will be used to determine if there is a health risk because of elevated bacteria levels. Until that time the beach will remained closed.

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The Trib reported that 200,000 gallons of water gushed out of the broken water main (6″ pipe diameter) – it was under pressure, and 10,000 gallons of sewage spilled (8″ pipe diameter) – which was not under pressure.

I wonder if Andrew Christie/Sierra Club is reading this – Mr. Step/Steg – it’s more environmentally friendly? In which alternate universe would that be I wonder?

A drop in the bucket compared to the spills the California Men’s Colony has contributed. And it was not due to back up generator malfunction or possible maintenance negligence.