Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Fecal Matters: City of Everett Sewage Spill and Combined Sewer Overflows

BEACH Program Update

On November 19, 2012, a City of Everett wastewater treatment outfall released an unknown volume of raw sewage near Forest Park due to heavy rainfall. The city is collecting water quality samples in the area and posting emergency signage to warn the public about this incident.

Today, the City of Everett experienced several combined sewer overflows (CSOs), notably a few near Jetty Island due to higher than normal rainfall amount. For specific locations of the discharge areas and current CSO status, please go to: http://www.everettwa.org/CSOMap/CSOMap.aspx

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

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