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Alamitos Bay Beaches Reopen Following Sewage Spill

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LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Beaches along Alamitos Bay in the city of Long Beach reopened Saturday morning following last week’s sewage spill.

Water quality tests conducted by the city’s health department showed safe bacterial levels.

“Given that the past two days have produced water quality findings within the State’s recreational water quality standards, the City of Long Beach is re-opening Mother’s Beach and the other locations inside the Alamitos Bay that were previously affected by last week’s spill,” Dr. Mitchell Kushner said in a statement released by the city of Long Beach.

The closure included Mother’s Beach and other calm-water recreation areas, but not the ocean itself.

The original spill last Sunday was due to the failure of a private sewer system.

The recreation area has become increasingly popular with stand-up surfers and paddlers.

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