City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 121814
Alamitos Bay Closed to Swimmers Due to Sewage Spill
Nelson Kerr

A sewage spill Wednesday night in Alamitos Bay has resulted in a beach closure for all swimming areas in the bay. The spill has been contained. The total volume of the spill was estimated at approximately 11,250 gallons with 5,250 gallons entering the bay. City crews captured the remainder of the spill, 6,000 gallons, preventing it from reaching the water. The spill was caused by a break in a 12-inch sewer main near the Ravenna Drive Bridge.

Long Beach Health Officer, Dr.Mitchell Kushner, is ordering all swimming areas in Alamitos Bay closed for water contact, until lab results from daily testing confirm that the water is safe for swimming.

Separately, Dr. Kushner, has issued a rain advisory for recreational beaches and bays in the City of Long Beach following the rain experienced in the last 24 hours. After any significant rainfall, unhealthy conditions may result from increased runoff from storm drain outlets and rivers, which eventually reach the City's beaches. Recreational swimming areas should be avoided for three days following the end of a rainstorm.

For the latest status on Long Beach recreational beach water quality, call the Water Hotline at 562.570.4199 or visit at