City Health Officer Expands Beach Closures Due to Weekend Sewage Spill
2012-10-03 · By Editor
The weekend sewage spill from a private sewer system has resulted in additional beach closures in Alamitos Bay. Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Mitchell Kushner ordered additional recreational beach areas closed Tuesday following a sewage spill on Sunday in the Cerritos Channel, which closed Mother’s Beach swimming area. Due to bacteriological test results analyzed this morning, it appears the spill has impacted other areas of Alamitos Bay, necessitating the closure of all recreational beaches in the Alamitos Bay. Out of an abundance of caution, the beaches will remain closed to water contact until testing confirms that the results are within State standards.
The spill was originally reported on Sunday afternoon, due to a failure of a private sump pump. The City will be aggressively pursuing actions to identify any and all contributing factors of the spill, and considering the necessary and appropriate enforcement actions against the private property owner to prevent a future occurrence.
Ocean facing beaches in Long Beach, as well as the Colorado Lagoon swimming area, will remain open to public swimming. The City’s Health Department has posted the Alamitos Bay beaches as closed and lifeguards are enforcing the closure. The City’s Health Department will sample the water daily to determine if the beach can be reopened. Further information may be obtained by logging onto www.longbeach.gov/health/eh/water/default.asp or by calling 562.570.4199.