Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fecal Matters: Swimming Closure for Owen Beach/Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, Pierce Co. WA.

BEACH Program Update

On April 16, 2014, Tacoma Pierce County Health Department issued a swimming closure for Owen Beach/Point Defiance Park.  This closure is due to a sewage spill from a sanitary sewer overflow (SSO). The county has posted closure signs. The public is to have no contact with the water until further notice.

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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Debby Sargeant is the BEACH Program Manager and is available at 360-407-6139 or for questions.

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