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Air vac malfunction blamed for sewage spill

ENCINITAS — An estimated 4,600-gallon sewage spill occurred April 27 at 2017 N. Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas. The spill was due to an air vac malfunction. The spill started at 8:26 a.m. and ended at 8:49 a.m. when crews from the Leucadia Wastewater District fixed the air vac.
Approximately 150 gallons of the sewage was recovered. The remainder flowed into the Batiquitos Lagoon. Signs warning of sewage contamination are posted at Carlsbad State Beach access points from 1,000 feet north and south of Batiquitos Lagoon Outlet. The water contact closure will remain in place until samples confirm the water is safe for recreational use.
For more information, call Robin Morishita of the Leucadia Wastewater District at (760) 753-0155, ext. 3007.
For updates on beach closure information, call the 24-hour hot line at (619) 338-2073 or visit