Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Fecal Matters: No Water Contact Advisory issued for Thea Foss Waterway and Thea Park, Tacoma, Pierce County

BEACH Program Update

On November 17, 2015 Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department issued a "No Water Contact" health advisory for Thea Foss Waterway and Thea Park.  Due to heavy rains partially treated sewage discharged to the Puyallup River near Commencement Bay.  The public is to have no contact with the water for the next 48 hours.

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 debby.sargeant@ecy.wa.gov for questions.

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