Sewage spill in Oxnard prompts closure of several beaches in the area

- Beach goers in Oxnard may not be able to enjoy the sand and surf for the next few days.

The Ventura County Environmental Health Division was notified by the City of Oxnard of a sewage discharge. According to city staff, approximately 219,000 gallons of sewage was discharged through a line one mile out in the ocean.

The discharge was the result of a power outage at the treatment plant. The discharge ceased at approximately 3 p.m. on July 16.

The City of Oxnard staff posted warning signs at points along Ormond Beach and Port Hueneme Beach Park. The signs will remain in place on Ormond Beach until Wednesday, July 19 or until sample results meet ocean water quality standards.

The Environmental Health Division advises the public to avoid contact with water in the posted areas. Any items that may have come in contact with this water should also be avoided. If contact occurs, wash thoroughly with soap and water.

Any shellfish on or from this area may have also been exposed to this contamination and should not be eaten. All sports harvested shellfish are under quarantine and consumers should not eat certain types of seafood (recreationally harvested bivalve shellfish, such as mussels, clams or whole scallops, or the internal organs of lobster orrock crab) from the Ventura County coastline.

For further information regarding this incident, please contact the City of Oxnard at 805/488-3517.

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