Sewage spill in Cambria contaminates Santa Rosa Creek

March 11, 2023


The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department announced Friday that an unknown amount of sewage spilled from a lift station in Cambria contaminating Santa Rosa Creek.

Shortly after 11 a.m. on Friday, storm water flooded the area of the lift station at 2282 Burton Drive resulting in a sewage spill. Because the station was not accessible, sanitation staff was unable to determine how much sewage spilled.

Health officials are asking the public to stay out of Santa Rosa Creek flood waters. Rainstorm runoff is known to transport high levels of disease-causing organisms such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa.

Such organisms carried into the ocean can cause skin, respiratory, and intestinal problems.  Young children, older adults, and people with compromised immune systems are especially vulnerable to these waterborne pathogens.

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for health and safety issues signs should be posted to stay out of water.

When the sewer system fails and they all do, the Regional Water Quality Control Board will usually fine the system operator and the rate payers will pick up the tab. If you are on a septic system, do your best to take care of your own 1234 because there are those who want the connection fee, annual tax assessment and monthly charges. They can’t wait to make your 1234 their business. They will then add many homes and you will ask, what the 1234 happened? The short answer is you.