Long Beach Reopens Beaches Following ‘Grease Blockage’ That Led to 11,000-Gallon Sewage Spill

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A sign warning swimmers of contaminated water is seen in Long Beach in a photo posted by the City of Long Beach on Jan. 13, 2020.

A sign warning swimmers of contaminated water is seen in Long Beach in a photo posted by the City of Long Beach on Jan. 13, 2020.

Coastal beaches in Long Beach were reopened on Wednesday following city-wide closures caused by 11,000 gallons of spilled sewage, the city announced.

The city lifted the closures which were instated on Monday after lab results showed that the water was within state water quality standards, according to a news release from the City of Long Beach.

A blocked pipe led to 11,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the San Gabriel River on Jan. 12, after a “grease blockage” in Hawaiian Gardens, according to the city.

State law requires temporary closures until the water quality meets state requirements.

Long Beach has approximately 7 miles of public beaches. To protect the safety of the public, weekly water samples are collected and tested routinely to monitor bacterial levels, according to the city.

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