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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:073018
Beaches West of Belmont Pier Closed Due to Sewage Spill
Nelson Kerr, Manager
Environmental Health Bureau
Department of Health and Human Services

Long Beach City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, ordered all swimming areas west of the Belmont Pier closed for water contact, due to a sewage spill. 

According to a report received from the Los Angeles County Health Department yesterday, 9,000 gallons of sewage was discharged into the Los Angeles River from a sewage line controlled by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. The spill occurred yesterday afternoon at approximately 1 p.m., in the City of Commerce, approximately 17 miles from Long Beach. The total spill was estimated at 9,500 gallons.  500 gallons were captured and 9,000 gallons entered the storm drain and flowed into the Los Angeles River. Water testing will continue until results are in compliance with State water quality standards.

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

Any media inquiries can be directed to Nelson Kerr, Environmental Health Bureau Manager, by calling (562) 570-4170 or by emailing