(CNS) Additional recreational beach areas were ordered closed today by Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Mitchell Kushner because of bacteriological test results showing that a weekend sewage spill from a private sewer system in Alamitos Bay had spread.
A sewage spill on Sunday in the Cerritos Channel closed Mother's Beach swimming area. Authorities realized today the "spill has impacted other areas of Alamitos Bay, necessitating the closure of all recreational beaches in the Alamitos Bay,'' according to Kushner.
"Out of an abundance of caution, the beaches will remain closed to water contact until testing confirms that the results are within state standards,'' Kushner said. The original spill on Sunday was due to the failure of a private sump pump. The city is considering further enforcement against the private property owner.
Ocean facing beaches in Long Beach, as well as the Colorado Lagoon swimming areas, remain open to public swimming. Signs have been posted at Alamitos Bay beaches and lifeguards are
enforcing the closure. The city's Health Department will sample the water daily to determine
when the beaches can be reopened.