17-Million Gallons of Sewage Spills into the Pacific; Officials Closes Beaches in LA County
After 17 million gallons of unfiltered sewage from LA's largest treatment facility rushed into Santa Monica Bay Sunday night, officials announced the closure of miles of beaches along Los Angeles County.
LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn wrote on Twitter that the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant suffered a "power outage," and the incident " caused untreated sewage to be discharged into the ocean."
Residents were instructed to avoid the ocean, and beaches will remain closed until water samples are verified negatively for high bacteria, which should take around 24 hours.
Hyperion Executive Plant Manager Timeyin Dafeta issued a statement to KCBS saying the plant "became inundated with overwhelming quantities of debris, causing backup of the headworks facilities."
Dafeta also said the discharge of about 17 million gallons of sewage was an emergency measure to avoid the facility from going offline and spilling out more sewage.
🌊: Closure signs are also posted in these areas:
Beach # 110 – Dockweiler State Beach at Water Way Extension
Beach # 111 – Dockweiler State Beach at Hyperion Plant
Beach # 112 A – El Segundo Beach
Beach # 112 B – Grand Ave. Storm Drai