PRESS RELEASE

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

12/18/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:121818B
Subject:
Long Beach Coastal Beaches Temporarily Closed Due to Sewage Spill
Contact:
Judeth Luong
Environmental Health Operations Officer
Department of Health and Human Services
(562) 570-4104
Judeth.Luong@longbeach.gov




Long Beach City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, ordered all swimming areas along the coastal beaches temporarily closed for water contact, due to a sewage spill. Out of an abundance of caution, state law requires the closure of the beach in these situations.

According to a report received from the City of Glendale, approximately 10,400 gallons of sewage was discharged into the Los Angeles River. The sewage spill was caused by a grease blockage in the line and has since been repaired.  

Upon notification from the City of Glendale, the City of Long Beach Health Department’s Recreational Water Quality health inspection team began testing water quality along the coast. Water testing 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. The community is encouraged to pay close attention to any warning signs posted at the beach for their safety.

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, Environmental Health Operations Officer, at (562) 570-4104 or Judeth.Luong@longbeach.gov