October 26, 2021

Sewage Spill in San Diego Closes Beach

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Carlsbad State Beach was closed due to raw sewage spilling into the ocean from a broken pipe at a nearby sewage treatment center

The signs up are up again at the Carlsbad State Beach with yet another sewage spill. Saturday night at 11:20pm, workers from the Meadowlark Water Reclamation Facility in San Marcos noticed a six inch sewage pipe that had broken. Once those pipes break, the sewage runs into the San Marcos Creek, which them flows to the Batiquitos Lagoon in Carlsbad.

Department of Environmental Health officials are saying about 5,400 gallons of raw sewage have spilled into the ocean. Once the broken pipe was discovered they were able to get it under control in about an hour.

This is not the first time there has been a sewage leak. Back on October 8, another spill sent 5,000 gallons of sewage into streets near the Carlsbad waste water plant. Once that spill was discovered, they were able to install temporary bypass lines, so the sewage wouldn’t go into manholes, but instead back to the plant.

Also, just a few weeks ago on October 21, that same Carlsbad beach was closed because somewhere between 500 to 60,000 gallons of raw sewage leaked into the lagoon. That time it came from the Leucadia Waste Water District.

Beaches will reopen after testing is done and officials are sure it’s safe for recreational use.