Avoid sewage spill at 4914 Pacific Coast Hwy., Ventura

6 17 20 spillAbout 990 gallons of raw sewage spilled from a broken pipe, and an unknown amount entered the ocean, on Monday, June 15, at 4914 Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura. As a result of the spill, warning signs were posted advising people to avoid contact with the ocean water in the area.
The signs, which were posted 100 yards to each side of the spill area, will remain up until 3 p.m. June 19.
The Ventura County Environmental Health Department learned about the spill on Tuesday and advised the public in a press release sent at 5:48 p.m.
The raw sewages spilled onto the ground at about 2 p.m. when a main sewage line that runs parallel to the coast broke, according to the Environmental Health Department.
The sewage percolated through sand near where it spilled and an unknown amount entered the ocean, according to the press release. The affected ground area was cleaned and a vacuum truck was used to transfer sewage to the next lift station.
Environmental Health officials advise the public to wash with soap and water any items that have come in contact with the contaminated water.
They also advise that any shellfish on or from this area may also have been exposed to this contamination and should not be eaten. All sports-harvested shellfish are under quarantine and consumers are advised not to eat certain types of seafood (recreationally harvested bivalve shellfish, such as mussels, clams or whole scallops, or the internal organs of lobster or rock crab) from the Ventura County coastline.
For more information, call the Ventura Regional Sanitation District at 805-658-4642.