Long Beach City Health Officer Reopens Open Coastal Beaches After Closure Due to Sewage Spill

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kitesurfing-beach Long Beach City Health Officer Reopens After Sewage Spill

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City Health Officer, Dr. Helene Calvet, announced today that the beach closure affecting Long Beach’s open coastal beaches has been lifted following laboratory test results confirming that bacteria levels in potentially affected local waters are within acceptable limits. The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) tested local waters following a reported raw sewage spill of 50,000 gallons that entered the Los Angeles River in Burbank on November 2, 2010. Water samples collected along the entire open coastal beach for two consecutive days following the spill showed no indication of contamination from the spill.

Water quality monitoring will continue to be conducted by the Health Department’s Recreational Water Program on a weekly basis. Further information about the recreational water quality in Long Beach may be obtained from the Department of Health and Human Services Water Quality Information Line (562) 570-4199, or from the Department’s website at www.longbeach.gov/health.

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