After a sewage spill had worried Southern California officials, a mile of shoreline was closed. The area is 20 miles distance from the source of the sewage spill, but experts had to test it first.
Based on the latest reports, two tests were found clean, and this means good news for residents. However, a wider beach area will remain closed as authorities do not want to take unnecessary risks.
The clean tests were taken from Seal Beach water Tuesday and Wednesday, and they both proved that bacteria levels did not hit a dangerous level. This area was reopened Thursday so beachgoers could enjoy spending time sunbathing.
Four miles of shoreline are still closed in Long Beach because the samples collected Wednesday were tested positive showing elevated levels of dangerous bacteria. Another sample was taken Tuesday, and it came clean. Health officials will take two more samples to make sure that the water is not contaminated.
If both tests come out clean, then the beach areas will be reopened. The 2.4 million gallons of sewage spill was caused by a pipe rupture near the center of Los Angeles, and it also reached the Los Angeles River contaminating the water.
The ocean is 20 miles away from the sewage spill but as a measure of precaution, authorities decided to close some area of Seal Beach and Long Beach until all tests came clean. The results are expected on Thursday.
According to Nelson Kerr, health official of the Long Beach Health Department, the first sample came out clean showing that there were no elevated levels of bacteria in the water. However, at least two consecutive tests are needed to make sure that the water is safe.
The sample from Seal Beach and Long Beach was taken Wednesday, and a few days are required for scientists establish whether the water is clean or not.
The pipe rupture in Los Angeles caused 2.4 million gallons of sewage to spill into storm drains and streets, contaminating the river and blocking the traffic. Experts reported that Los Angeles authorities have succeeded to reduce the sewage spills number by 85 percent since 2000.
The record number of sewage spills was 687 every year, and it dropped down to 103, based on the reports from the Los Angeles Sanitation Bureau.
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