Carlsbad beach reopens after sewage spill

CARLSBAD — Carlsbad State Beach has reopened following a sewage spill on Thursday. Environmental officials on Sunday confirmed the water was safe for recreational use after testing the contaminated area during the past two days.

About 252,000 gallons of sewage from a damaged pipeline reached the storm drain, according to Encina Wastewater Authority officials. They don’t believe any of the sewage reached the ocean.

Construction has begun to replace the pipeline and is expected to be done by Oct. 18. Avenida Encinas, in front of the treatment plant, will remain closed during construction.

Motorists can access Avenida Encinas to the north and south from Palomar Airport Road and Poinsettia Lane.

The wastewater authority is asking residents of Carlsbad, Encinitas and Vista to reduce their use of indoor water to decrease the amount of sewer water that must be diverted.


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