The Coast News Group

Stretch of Carlsbad beach remains closed after sewage spill

CARLSBAD — A stretch of Carlsbad State Beach remains closed after a sewage spill contaminated the water on Tuesday, according to County Department of Environmental Health officials.

About 125 gallons of sewage spilled from the Encina Wastewater Authority treatment plant after a valve didn’t close properly during routine operations. The sewage entered Encina Creek, which flows to the beach.

The closure was issued for the Encina Creek access points and the Carlsbad beachline from 500 feet north to 500 feet south of the Encina Creek outlet. The signs will remain in place until samples confirm that water is no longer impacted.

According to the website the Encina Wastewater Authority samples the site weekly throughout the year. Beach closure updates may also be found at the website or by calling the county’s 24-hour hotline at (619) 388-2073.