12,000 gallons of sewage discharged into Los Angeles River; Swimming areas closed in Long Beach – Archyde

All swimming areas west of Belmont Pier in Long Beach were temporarily closed Tuesday for exposure to water following a sewage leak from neighboring Compton.

About 12,000 gallons of sewage was dumped into the Los Angeles River Monday, according to the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services.

“The sewage spill occurred in the city of Compton due to a grease blockage that caused sewage to overflow from a manhole,” the health department tweeted Tuesday.

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The department’s recreational water quality health inspection team monitored water quality along affected beach areas, which will continue until results meet state standards.

As a precaution, state law requires temporary closures and signage on beaches in these situations until water quality meets state requirements.

For the latest on water quality in Long Beach, see longbeach.gov/beachwaterquality, or by calling 562-570-4199.

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