Beaches south of San Francisco reopen after sewage spill

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) - Officials say all eight beaches south of San Francisco closed after nearly 5 million gallons of sewage spilled over the weekend into the ocean on California's central coast have reopened.

Posted: Jan. 23, 2018 9:50 AM

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) - Officials say all eight beaches south of San Francisco closed after nearly 5 million gallons of sewage spilled over the weekend into the ocean on California's central coast have reopened.

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The Marin County beaches popular with surfers and day visitors opened Monday after labs tests showed the area is safe.

Monterey One Water general manager Paul Sciuto says 4.9 million gallons of sewage water spilled into the ocean after a filter at a water treatment plant got clogged and the computer system failed to sound an alarm.

He says samples taken on Sunday showed a contaminant level below state limits.

But Monterey County Health Department spokeswoman Karen Smith says people are being advised to stay away from ocean water at least through Friday because of runoff from rain on Monday.

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