PRESS RELEASE

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

2/21/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM022120
Subject:
Long Beach Beaches Temporarily Closed Due to Sewage Spill
Contact:
Judeth Luong
562.570.4104
Judeth.Luong@longbeach.gov
Acting Environmental Health Bureau Manager
Department of Health and Human Services




Long Beach City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, ordered all swimming areas west of Granada Beach, temporarily closed for water contact due to a sewage spill. State law requires temporary closure and posting at beaches in these situations, out of an abundance of caution, until the water quality meets State requirements.

According to a report received today from Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, approximately 15,870 gallons of sewage was discharged into the Los Angeles River on February 21. The sewage spill occurred in the City of Los Angeles. The spill was caused by a pump failure.  

The City of Long Beach Health Department’s recreational water quality health inspection team is monitoring water quality along the coast. Water monitoring will continue until results comply with State water quality standards.

Long Beach has approximately seven miles of public beach. To protect the safety of the public, weekly water samples are collected and tested routinely to monitor bacterial levels. For their safety, the community is encouraged to pay close attention to any warning signs posted at the beach.

For the latest status on Long Beach recreational beach water quality, the public can call the Water Hotline at (562) 570-4199 or visit http://www.longbeach.gov/beachwaterquality

Media inquiries can be directed to Judeth Luong, Acting Environmental Health Bureau Manager, Department of Health and Human Services, 562.570.4104,Judeth.Luong@longbeach.gov.