Camp Pendleton sewage spill causes contaminated water in San Mateo Creek and on San Onofre State Beach

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.

4 Responses to "Camp Pendleton sewage spill causes contaminated water in San Mateo Creek and on San Onofre State Beach"

  1. joey racano   December 26, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Ha! Big deal- first of all, that nuke intake sucks in and kills all living things in water 1 foot deep for 40 sq miles- every day! Second, the point loma sewage dumps 330 million gallons every day! And surfrider took a 2 million dollar payoff to shut up about it.

  2. mikey   December 26, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Wow, Racano spouts his mouth again, what a surprise. That dude is ridiculous.

  3. Rich   December 26, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Your right the City of San Diego is a disgrace the way they have applied for Clean Water Act waivers for the PL plant. Careful though, there is a big difference between primary and secondary treatment and "raw" sewage outflows. Santee just had a 2 mil. RAW spill into SD river last day of the storm. Barely made the news.

  4. Randall Mc Caleb   December 26, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    The Earth has been through worse than this …. 100,000 of years she allows us humans to do our learnin here in this beautiful sphere wow can you imagine her patience with her freaked out little kids…come on pentagon we can do better the whole universe is watchin the USA right now oin Youtube in space.

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