Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Fecal Matters: Combined sewer overflow impacts Port Washington narrows and Sinclair Inlet, Kitsap County

BEACH Program Update

On June 26, 2013, combined sewer overflows (CSOs) discharged into Port Washington Narrows and Sinclair Inlet in Bremerton, WA.  CSOs are a diluted mixture of untreated sewage and storm water.  As a result, the Kitsap Public Health District issued a no contact advisory through July 2, 2013.  The public is advised to avoid contact with the water and not harvest shellfish.

Contact with fecal contaminated waters can result in gastroenteritis, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections, and other illnesses. Children and the elderly may be more vulnerable to waterborne illnesses.

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Christopher Clinton is the interim BEACH Program Manager and is available at for questions.

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