17 million gallons of sewage spilled into the Santa Monica Bay

17 million gallons of untreated sewage spilled into the Santa Monica Bay area due to a power outage. The sewage has caused the beaches throughout Southern California to close down. The sewage plant has become overwhelmed with debris which leaked through for eight hours. About 6% of the sewage plant’s daily intake was released. The beaches will be reopened after the water is tested and reaches a reasonable level of bacteria. Much of the concern lies with public health and fecal matter or other pollutants making individuals sick. In the year 2020, over 345,000 gallons of sewage entered into various bodies of water due to spills in Los Angeles County.

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