Third Sewage Spill Strikes a Carlsbad Beach

The Batiquitos Lagoon is contaminated for the third time

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    PACIIFIC PALISADES, CA - AUGUST 07: Signs warn the public to stay out of the water in an area harboring high bacteria levels near a drain at Will Rogers State Beach on August 7, 2007 in Pacific Palisades, northwest of Los Angeles, California. Pollution at the nation�s 3,500 ocean, lake, and bay beaches caused more than 25,000 closing or swimming advisory days last year, 28 percent more than in 2005 and the highest number in the 17 years that records have been kept, according to the newly-released federal �Testing the Waters� report by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). 10,000 of the closings, twice that of the year before, came from storm run-off and another 1,300 days were attributed to sewage spills. Fecal contamination from undetermined sources made up the rest of the closings. The vast pavement of large urban areas, such as the Los Angels Basin, adds to the problem by preventing run-off water from penetrating and percolating through the soil which acts as a natural filter before the water reaches the coast. At greatest risk of diarrhea and vomiting from exposure to the waterborne parasites are beach-going 5- to 12-year old children. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    A sewage spill into San Marcos Creek is forcing swimmers and beachgoers at Carlsbad State Beach to take notice.

    Workers at the Meadowlark Water Reclamation Facility in San Marcos noticed a six-inch sewage pipe had broken around 11:20 p.m. on Saturday night, spilling sewage into the creek, according to officials from the Vallecitos Water District.

    The San Marcos Creek flows from San Marcos and into the Batiquitos Lagoon in Carlsbad, which outfalls into the ocean.

    County workers have posted contamination signs on either side of the Batiquitos outfall, until tests show the water is safe, the district said.

    It was only a few weeks ago, that the same Carlsbad beach was posted with signs warning of contamination. On Tuesday, Oct. 21, officials warned that somewhere between 500 to 60,000 gallons of raw sewage had leaked into the same lagoon, this time from the Leucadia Wastewater District.

    Another spill on Oct. 8, sent 5,000 gallons of sewage into streets near the Carlsbad wastewater plant, which is not far from Palomar Airport Road. Later that night, workers installed temporary bypass lines, which rerouted sewage from manholes in the street into the plant. A collapsed trunk line was later blamed for that spill.