Monday, October 28, 2013

Fecal Matters: Update on Sewage Spill near Les Davis Pier on Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA

BEACH Program Update

During the week of October 7, 2013, the City of Tacoma and the BNSF Railroad Company cleaned the sewage spill causing high bacteria in the water near the Les Davis Pier/Waterfront Dock Park on Ruston Way in Tacoma. Water quality monitoring will continue until bacteria levels decrease to background levels. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department still recommend people avoid swimming or wading during and for 48 hours following a rain storm. Swimming or wading in water with high counts of bacteria increases your risk of getting a gastrointestinal illness.

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