By SDCN Editor
San Diego, CA–County health officials issued closures for coastal beaches and bays in San Diego County due to sewage spills.
The San Diego County Department of Environmental Health and Quality has advised the public to avoid water contact as the water contains sewage and may cause an illness. The closure will remain in place until sampling and field observations confirm these areas are safe for water contact.
County health has extended the General Rain Advisory for all coastal beaches and bays. Beachgoers are advised that rain brings urban runoff, which can cause bacteria levels to rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets, and may cause illness. Water contacts such as swimming, surfing, and diving should be avoided during rain and for 72 hours following rainfall.
The Children’s Pool in La Jolla and Tourmaline Surf Park in Pacific Beach have remained under the advisory. Beach-goers are advised that bacteria levels have exceeded state health standards and may cause illness.
The ocean shoreline from the International Border to Coronado will remain closed until sampling confirms these areas are safe for water contact. The Tijuana River is flowing, with sewage contamination reaching recreational waters.