CAMP PENDLETON – Staff on Camp Pendleton reported a sewage spill yesterday, Dec. 24 to the County of San Diego that authorities say has led to contaminated water in San Mateo Creek and on San Onofre State Beach.
An estimated 1.08 million gallon sewage spill was reported to County health officials.
The spill was discovered Dec. 24 at approximately 10 a.m. and reportedly was the result of a damaged sewer main carrying secondarily treated effluent.
The sewer main was supposedly damaged by the flood waters of San Mateo Creek. Authorities believe the sewage leak began on Dec. 21 during the heavy rainfall that led to the creek flooding.
The spill has been identified as being approximately 3 miles from the ocean outfall.
Signs warning of sewage-contaminated water have been posted and will remain in place until samples confirm that the water is safe for recreatonal use.
For updates on beach closure information, call the 24-hour hotline at (619) 338-2073.