8M Gallons of Sewage Leakage Shuts Down Beaches in Long Beach

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The highest recorded spill in LA county history of about eight and a half million gallons of untreated sewage has shut down operations of at least five beaches in Long Beach and the Los Angeles area.

“That’s the biggest spill we’ve ever had”, said Brya Langpap, a representative for the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts.

Mr. Langpap recounted how the sewage leaked out of a manhole on 212th Street on Thursday evening and most of Friday. Afterward, the waste traversed storm drain pipes straight towards the Dominguez channel which functions as a 15-mile flood-control waterway from Hawthorne California down to the Los Angeles Harbor. After running its course, the water is eventually expelled into the Pacific Ocean.

The Long Beach Health Department’s Water Quality Inspection Team continues to monitor the water quality in the affected areas. They will continue with the task at hand until samples go back to the state water quality standards.

The LACSD issued a statement that no hydrogen sulfide was detected. However, for safety measures since the spillage has reached the ocean, the LA County Department of Public Health has ordered for the immediate closure of beaches starting from Long Beach and up to Palos Verdes.

LACSD commented that they will continue to work with the county’s health officials in monitoring water quality to determine the best timeline that the beaches can be reopened for public use as well as to assess the environmental impacts of the incident.

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After the initial leak on Thursday, maintenance crews finally plugged up the hole on Saturday after installing five water bypass systems along with three additional bypass systems for an enhanced safeguard.

LA County Supervisor, Janice Hahn, warned that a spill of sug magnitude is undoubtedly dangerous and unacceptable. She also emphasized that while the recent storm could be the culprit, they would need a system that stands strong even when the rain comes down pouring.

Hahn prompted the LACSD to perform a thorough investigation as to the precedent of the spill and whether “aging infrastructure” is a factor.