PRESS RELEASE

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

2/22/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 022221-2
Subject:
Long Beach Beaches Temporarily Closed Due to Sewage Spill
Contact:
Judeth Luong
Environmental Health Bureau Manager
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 west of Belmont Pier in Long 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 earlier this morning from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, approximately 26,241 gallons of sewage was discharged into the Los Angeles River on February 22, 2021.  The sewage spill occurred in the City of Los Angeles and was caused by a construction activity to maintain a 48-inch sewer main line. 
 
The City of Long Beach Health Department’s Recreational Water Quality health inspection team is monitoring water quality along the affected beach sites. 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, Environmental Health Bureau Manager, Department of Health and Human Services, 562.570.4104, Judeth.Luong@longbeach.gov.
 
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