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Sewage spill signs come down

CARLSBAD — Oct. 24, Leucadia Water District staff removed warning signs from South Carlsbad State Beach and the Batiquitos Lagoon, indicating the water is now safe, following an Oct. 19, wastewater spill at the Batiquitos Pump Station on Highway 101 in Carlsbad.
The spill appears to have been caused by a lightning strike at the Batiquitos Lagoon in the early morning hours that was in close proximity to the pump station. The pump station’s electronic communications and main computer were damaged during the event terminating communications and causing the pumps to shut off.
At 5:30 a.m., LWD arrived at the scene and restored operation of the pump station thereby
stopping the spill. LWD estimates that spill lasted for 35 minutes and approximately 60,000
gallons were released into the Batiquitos Lagoon.
Shortly after daybreak, LWD staff began sampling the Batiquitos Lagoon and South Carlsbad State Beach area as per its protocols. Warning signs were posted at Carlsbad State Beach as directed by the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health.
For more information, contact LWD at (760) 753-0155.