Thousands of gallons of sewage spill into Morro Bay Harbor

June 24, 2024


Roughly 7,600 gallons of sewage spilled into Morro Bay Harbor on Sunday requiring San Luis Obispo County public health officials to warn people to avoid contact with water and wet sand in the surrounding area.

A broken sewage main at The Inn at Morro Bay caused the sewage spill, which poured into a storm drain and into Morro Bay Harbor. The spill has since been stopped.

The immediate area does not include a public beach. County staff, however, posted advisory signs at beach access locations immediately north and south of the sewage spill.

“Contact with ocean water while swimming or surfing may increase the risk for certain types of illnesses such as rashes, fever, chills, ear infections, vomiting, and diarrhea,” according to the SLO County Public Health Department. “Sewage discharge is known to transport high levels of disease-causing organisms such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa to the ocean. Such organisms carried into the ocean can cause skin, respiratory, and intestinal problems.”


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It’s getting a little repetitive commenting on failed sewer systems, but the ratepayers ought to know what they are paying for. As for Santa Margarita, we take care of our own septic systems and for the few that fail, the stinking mess gets reported by the neighbor, somewhat sell policing and a simple fix if the property owner hasn’t created a problem. the bottom line is that the vast majority have good systems and no sewer bill.

They just haven’t gotten to you yet. Might be the next Los Osos

No back Bay board paddling for a while…


How could you tell? It all smells the same around here.


How long will that take to flush out?