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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 072116
Coastal Beaches in Long Beach Remain Closed Due to Sewage Spill in Downtown Los Angeles
Nelson Kerr

As of Thursday, July 21, all coastal beaches remain closed due to a sewage spill that began in Downtown Los Angeles on Monday, July 18. Public Health Laboratory tests conducted by the Long Beach Health Department indicated elevated levels of bacteria along the open coastal beaches. These beaches will remain closed to all bodily water contact until laboratory results demonstrate the water to be safe for swimming and the Long Beach City Health Officer approves the beaches to re-open.

Environmental Health Specialists from the Long Beach Health Department will be sampling additional locations and increasing water sampling to twice daily until the results are within State standards.

Long Beach Fire Department Lifeguards will be enforcing the closure while testing is performed. The State Health and Safety Code requires the Health Officer to close beaches whenever a significant sewage spill occurs.

The size of the spill was estimated at 2.5 million gallons, however, an estimated 750,000 gallons was diverted and captured at the scene, leaving approximately 1,750,000 gallons to enter the Los Angeles River.

This is the largest sewage spill to impact Long Beach in the last ten years. Currently, the closure impacts only coastal beaches. Laboratory test results at Mother’s Beach, Colorado Lagoon and Alamitos Bay are within State standards, and these locations remain open, and will continue to be tested.

For the latest status on Long Beach recreational beach water quality, call the Water Hotline at (562) 570-4199 or visit