Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Fecal Matters: Combined Sewer Overflow Impacts Dyes Inlet, Port Washington Narrows and Sinclair Inlet, Kitsap County

BEACH Program Update

On November 19, 2012, combined sewer overflows of more than 100,000 gallons discharged into Port Washington and Sinclair Inlet. CSOs are a mixture of untreated sewage and storm water. As a result, the Kitsap County Health District issued a seven-day no contact advisory for all of Dyes Inlet, Port Washington Narrows, and Sinclair Inlet. Health District staff posted warning signs at public access areas and public beaches 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.

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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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