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For Immediate Release:
January 17, 2012
For more information contact:
Public Health Communications
(213) 240-8144 | After-hours/wknds: (213) 990-7107
media@ph.lacounty.gov


SEWAGE SPILL ADVISORY: Avoid Ocean Water at Ballona Creek

LOS ANGELES - The Department of Public Health has posted warning signs advising beach visitors, swimmers, and surfers to avoid the ocean water a quarter mile north and south of Ballona Creek, near Dockweiler State Beach. Los Angeles County health officials were notified today that approximately 5,000 gallons of sewage may have entered ocean waters at Centinela Creek, which discharges into Ballona Creek. The sand area of the creek is not affected. Advisory signs are posted as a precautionary measure.

The advisory will be in effect until at least 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2012, pending test results that measure the bacteria level in the ocean water. Water samples were taken earlier this morning.

"We are asking people to avoid entering or swimming in the ocean in the area immediately surrounding Ballona Creek," said Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health and County Health Officer. "Our first priority is to protect the health and safety of the people who visit the beach and water areas. Once we determine bacteria levels in the water have returned to normal, we will remove the beach advisory."

Public Health was notified by the Inglewood Department of Public Works earlier today regarding the discharge. Inglewood Public Works will be continuing clean-up efforts.

Recorded information on beach conditions is available around the clock on the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Ocean Water Quality Hotline at 1-800-525-5662 and online at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/beach.

The Department of Public Health is committed to protecting and improving the health of the nearly 10 million residents of Los Angeles County. Through a variety of programs, community partnerships and services, Public Health oversees environmental health, disease control, and community and family health. Public Health comprises nearly 4,000 employees and has an annual budget exceeding $750 million. To learn more about Public Health and the work we do please visit http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov, visit our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/lapublichealth, find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lapublichealth, or follow us on Twitter: LAPublicHealth.


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Related Information Site(s): Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Ocean Water Quality |