Several beaches in the area around Sunset Aquatic Marina and Portofino Cove in Huntington Beach, Orange County, California have been closed off following a sewage spill caused by a blockage in Anaheim, on Friday 29 September 2017. Around 13 600 lites of sewage were released. The beaches will remain closed to swimmers and divers until water quality tests confirm that quality has returned to an acceptable level.
The approximate location of the 29 September 2017 Orange County sewage spill. Google Maps.
As well as the obvious dangers to health presented by sewage, which is likely to contain a variety of Bacteria and other micro-organisms harmful to Human health, sewage provides a source of nutrients which can lead to eutrophication and the rapid growth of blooms of Algae, Bacteria or other micro-organisms, which absorb oxygen from the water leading Fish and other aquatic organisms to asphyxiate.
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