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Crews Look For Cause Of Carlsbad Sewage Spill

CARLSBAD (AP) — Crews are repairing a sewer line near a Carlsbad wastewater treatment plant, while they try to determine what caused the pipe to rupture, spewing raw sewage onto a street and forcing the temporary closure of part of Carlsbad State Beach.

Officials with the Encina Wastewater Authority told City News Service Saturday that tests from nearby Encinas Creek found the water is safe for recreational use, but signs warning of a potential contamination will remain posted through Sunday.

The spill started Thursday after a three-hour power outage darkened the treatment plant and 5,600 other Carlsbad customers. Officials say they don’t know if the outage and break are related.

The beach was reopened Friday but streets around plant remain closed.

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