UPDATE | Long Beach’s Colorado Lagoon and Mother’s Beach have been re-opened for ‘full body water contact’ by city health officials following the spill of about 700 gallons of sewage Tuesday night.
City Health Officer Dr. Mauro Torno authorized all swimming areas at the two sites to be re-opened Friday once consecutive water sample results were shown to be within state standards. All impacted storm drains were cleaned and sanitized, according to officials.
The spill originated from a sewage line into a catch basin adjacent to Colorado Lagoon at approximately 10:15PM Tuesday night, due to a “tree root intrusion into the sewer line.”
PREVIOUSLY: Long Beach Health Department Closes Colorado Lagoon, Mother’s Beach Due to Sewage Spill
4/20/16 at 2:19PM | All swimming areas at the Colorado Lagoon and Mother’s Beach have been closed due to a sewage spill that occurred Tuesday night and dumped approximately 700 gallons of waste discharge into the areas, Long Beach health officials announced today.
According to an alert issued by Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Mauro Torno, a spill discharged from a sewage line into a catch basin adjacent to Colorado Lagoon at approximately 10:15PM last night, due to a “tree root intrusion into the sewer line.”
The health department said the spill was stopped at approximately 10:15PM last night, and “all impacted storm drains were cleaned and sanitized.”
Officials said both Mother’s Beach (closed due to its proximity to Colorado Lagoon) and the lagoon will be closed until water tests indicate the region is safe for swimming.
For more information, call the Water Hotline at 562.570.4199 or visit the website.
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