Elevated levels of bacteria found in the ocean from Santa Monica, Will Rogers, Malibu, Marina Del Rey

Health officials issued another recommendation after elevated levels of bacteria were found in the water near several beaches in Southern California.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s water warning advised beach goers to exercise caution when swimming, surfing, and playing in the ocean near drains, creeks, and rivers.

In particular, increased bacterial levels were discovered in:

  • Bel Air Bay Club on Will Rogers State Beach
  • Mothers Beach in Marina Del Rey
  • Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica
  • Malibu Lagoon on Surfrider Beach

A prior warning was issued for Avalon Beach on Catalina Island (50 feet east of the pier), but a recent sample showed the water quality was back to state standards.

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Health officials have issued several beach warnings since the massive spill of 17 million gallons of sewage on July 11, but said no sewage from the Hyperion facility is currently being discharged into the ocean and seawater, adding that bacteria levels are often out of the day to day fluctuates.


On July 11, around 17 million gallons of raw sewage were spilled into the ocean, forcing health officials to shut down several beaches in the area for several days. It took more than 24 hours for health officials to inform the public of the sewage leak, which County’s Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer called “multiple failures in addition to multiple failures.”

Los Angeles county regulators are addressing the Hyperion sewer leak

The failure to alert the public more quickly of a 17 million gallon sewage spill that ultimately closed the beaches from El Segundo to the south end of Playa del Rey was largely due to a department of the Department of Health, according to a report discussed by district officials.

A report detailing wastewater pollution accused the county health department of failing to inform the public any faster.

“There is no excuse for that,” Ferrer told the board of directors and the public on Tuesday.

The beaches finally reopened on July 14th after the health department reported that bacteria levels in the water had returned to normal.

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