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Friday, May 9, 2014

Fecal Matters: Howarth Park beach and beach north of Howarth Park CLOSED to Swimming, Everett, Snohomish Co, WA.

BEACH Program Update

On May 9, 2014, the City of Everett in Snohomish County closed two beaches to swimming, Howarth Park beach and the beach north of Howarth Park, Pidgeon Creek beach.  The City will be taking water quality samples today to determine when the beaches can be reopened.  The swimming closure was issued in response to a sewage spill caused by a force main break last night.  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.

Stay updated about water quality at your beaches by keeping up with us on our blog Fecal Matters, on Facebook, or join our listserv.

Debby Sargeant is the BEACH Program Manager and is available at 360-407-6139 or debby.sargeant@ecy.wa.gov for questions.

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.

Looking for more information about the BEACH Program? www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/eap/beach


Stay updated about water quality at your beaches by keeping up with us on our blog
Fecal Matters
, on Facebook, or join our listserv.

Julie Lowe is the BEACH Program Manager and can be reached at julie.lowe@ecy.wa.gov


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Fecal Matters: No Contact Advisory for Port Gamble Bay, Kitsap County, WA

BEACH Program Update

On December 3, 2012, the Kitsap County Health District issued a seven-day no contact advisory for Port Gamble Bay, near Port Gamble, WA due to a nearby sewage spill. Health District staff posted warning signs at public access areas and public beaches throughout the Bay. 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.

Stay updated about water quality at your beaches by keeping up with us on our blog Fecal Matters, on Facebook, or join our listserv.

Julie Lowe is the BEACH Program Manager and is available at 360-407-6543 or julie.lowe@ecy.wa.gov for questions.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Fecal Matters: No Contact Advisory at Annapolis Public Beach, Kitsap County

BEACH Program Update

On November 19, 2012, the Kitsap County Health District issued a no-contact advisory at Annapolis Public Beach near Annapolis, WA due to a wastewater discharge that received primary treatment and disinfection, but bypassed secondary treatment. The wastewater treatment plant experienced a large amount of inflow from the recent rain resulting in this discharge. Kitsap Health District staff posted warning signs at public beaches and public access points in the area. 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.

Stay updated about water quality at your beaches by keeping up with us on our blog Fecal Matters, on Facebook, or join our listserv.

Julie Lowe is the BEACH Program Manager and is available at 360-407-6543 or julie.lowe@ecy.wa.gov for questions.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Fecal Matters: Sewage Spill Near Hollywood Beach in Port Angeles

BEACH Program Update

Today, the Clallam County Health Department issued a swimming advisory at Hollywood Beach in Port Angeles. The advisory was issued due to a sewage discharge near the beach.

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.

Stay updated about water quality at your beaches by keeping up with us on Facebook, checking beach status on Coastal Atlas, or joining our listserv. Julie Lowe is the BEACH Program Manager and is available at 360-407-6543 or julie.lowe@ecy.wa.gov for questions.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Fecal Matters: No Water Contact Advisory Issued for Kitsap County

BEACH Program Update


Kitsap County Health Department has issued the following press release:



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Shawn Ultican
March 10, 2011 (360) 337-5622


Heavy Rains Create Health Risks

Health Advisory Issued for Streams, Lakes, Marine Water and Shellfish Harvesting
Drinking Water Wells and Onsite Sewage Systems May Also Be Vulnerable

BREMERTON, WA - Due to widespread storm water runoff and a few sewer overflows caused by heavy rains over the last several days, the Kitsap County Health District has issued a “No Contact” advisory for lakes, streams, and marine waters throughout Kitsap County until March 17, 2011. The Health District is also advising the public to be aware of the following health risks associated with excessive surface runoff, flooding or sewage spills.

Avoid contact with murky or muddy streams or other water that appears to be affected by storm runoff.

Local shellfish should not be harvested or eaten after heavy rains as they may be
contaminated by stormwater runoff.

Assume flood water is contaminated. To stay healthy:
  • Wash your hands with soap and disinfected water before preparing or eating food, after using the toilet, or handling contaminated items.

  • Discard all food that has come in contact with floodwater. Disinfect the can before opening any canned food.

  • If your power has gone out, keep food safe by using food that spoils rapidly first. Most foodborne diseases are caused by bacteria in raw or undercooked foods of animal origin such as meat, milk, eggs, or fish. Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed to conserve cold air or keep food cold with ice or dry ice.

If your drinking water well is flooded, assume that the water in your home is
contaminated.
Either use bottled water that has been stored less than six months in tightly sealed containers, or sanitize the potentially contaminated well water as follows:
  • If the water is clear, boil it for one minute to kill disease-causing bacteria and parasites, or add 1/8 teaspoon household bleach per gallon of water and let it sit for ½ hour.
  • If the water is cloudy, pour it through a coffee filter, paper towel, or cheesecloth, and then boil it for one minute. If you can’t boil it, filter it and add ¼ teaspoon of bleach per gallon, then let it sit for one hour.

A flooded well may require disinfection. Contact a professional well driller or the Health District for guidance on proper disinfection techniques.

Septic systems may fail if soil in the drainfield area becomes saturated. Overusing a septic system when the drainfield is flooded may cause a catastrophic failure, in which sewage backs up into the house or rises to the ground surface in your drainfield area. When soil has dried sufficiently, it’s probably safe to resume normal water use.

To protect your septic system and your property investment during times of heavy rains, minimize water use in the house as much as possible. Stay well below your sewage system’s maximum volume capacity - normally 120 gallons of water use per bedroom per day.
  • Try not to use the washing machine, cut back on toilet flushes, reduce bathing and showering, and run the dishwasher only when full.
  • Identify and repair all leaky plumbing fixtures - a running toilet or a leaky faucet can discharge many gallons of extra water each day to your drainfield.
  • Keep your septic tanks and risers in good repair – cracks and leaks can allow surface or ground water to damage your drainfield, potentially leading to expensive repairs.
  • Spread water use throughout the day and week to even out the flow to your drainfield.
  • Divert all outdoor runoff water and downspouts away from your septic system.
Additional information is available online at http://www.kitsapcountyhealth.com/, or by calling the Health District at (360) 337-5235.


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.

Surf the web before you surf the beach!

Jessica Bennett is the BEACH Program Data Manager.
She is available at 360-407-6159 or jessica.bennett@ecy.wa.gov for questions.