The City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, has ordered all beaches in Alamitos Bay closed for recreational water contact due to a sewage spill. The cause of the spill is still under investigation. The estimated volume of the spill is 7,500 gallons. The sewage was discharged into Alamitos Bay from the east side of the bay at Basin 1. Environmental Health Specialists from the Long Beach Health Department have taken samples at all potentially impacted areas.
The State Health and Safety Code requires the Health Officer to close beaches whenever a significant sewage spill occurs. All Alamitos Bay and Colorado Lagoon swimming areas will remain closed to bodily water contact until laboratory results demonstrate the water to be safe for swimming and Long Beach Health Officials re-open the beaches.
For the latest status on Long Beach recreational beach water quality, call the Water Hotline at (562) 570-4199 or visit http://www.longbeach.gov/health/inspections-and-reporting/inspections/recreational-water-samples/.