Friday, February 22, 2013

Fecal Matters: Beach Closure at Lowman Beach in West Seattle

BEACH Program Update

On February 20, 2013, the Seattle-King County Public Health District issued a beach closure at Lowman Beach near West Seattle. The closure was issued due to a power outage at a nearby sewer pump station. The outage lasted for only five minutes, but an estimated 18,000 gallons of sewage was discharged to nearby waters during that time. The public is advised to avoid contact with the water.

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 for questions.

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