September 3, 2008
An estimated 400,000 gallon sewage release occurred last night in Playas De Tijuana, Baja California Norte, Mexico.
The release was caused by the shut down of a sewer pump station between 6:00 p.m. on Sept. 2 and 1:00 a.m. on Sept. 3 in order to make repairs on a broken sewer line. The sewage flowed into the ocean at Playas De Tijuana, about one mile south of the U.S. / Mexico border. As a precaution, the County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health has issued a water contact closure for the Border Field State Park and Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge shorelines.
Signs warning of sewage contaminated water have been posted at access points to Border Field State Park and Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge and will remain in place until field measurements indicate the ocean water is safe for recreational use.
For updates on beach closure information please call the 24-hr. hotline at (619) 338-2073 or visit www.beaches911.org and select “San Diego County.”