No Contamination from Compton Sewage Spill; Rain Causes New Problems for Long Beach Coastline

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beach-closed-no-swimming Beach Advisory Issued Following RainstormThe recent Compton sewage spill that entered the Los Angeles River showed no indication of contaminating ocean waters along the Long Beach coastline, according to testing conducted by the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department). The Interim City Health Officer, Dr. Mauro Torno, today lifted the beach closure that he ordered after a sewage spill estimated at 12,000 gallons entered the Los Angeles River from the City of Compton on February 11, 2012.

The City of Long Beach will be contacting the City of Compton about their sewage spill and inquire about what steps Compton will be implementing to prevent such spills in the future.

Meanwhile, due to the significant amount of rainfall today (over .10 of an inch of rain) high levels of bacteria from storm drains, rivers, and polluted runoff enters our ocean. Dr. Torno recommends that individuals avoid all ocean water contact for at least 72 hours after rainfall, especially at storm drain outlets, river mouths, streams, and lagoons. People should always pay particular attention to any warning signs posted at the beach for their safety.

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

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