Imperial Beach Mayor: New sewage spill dumped 335K gallons in TJ River

Posted at 6:51 PM, May 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-26 21:51:33-04

Only a few surfers in the water, a handful of people on the sand near the Imperial Beach pier Friday. This was just hours after another sewage spill on the Mexican side of the international border.

About 335,000 gallons of sewage was reportedly discharged into the Tijuana River last night from Mexico, according to Imperial Beach's Mayor Serge Dedina.

Krystin Swindle and her husband brought their little ones to I-B on vacation; unaware of the latest spill. 

"It makes me quite concerned if my kids are gonna be playing on the beaches, in the water," Swindle said.

Sylvia Jimenez says it’s better than Thursday.


"The water was foamy and yellow and you could smell it, really bad," Jimenez said.

She’s been busy with her new hobby -- sweeping the beach with a metal detector; taking a moment to share what she watched earlier in the week.

"So some surfers came out of the water, husband, and wife and they had a 5-gallon jug of water and they start washing, soap and washing themselves off so they know how bad this water is," Jimenez said.

No warning signs were posted despite a tweet from Mayor Dedina, decrying, "335,000 gallons of sewage discharged into TJ River last night from Mexico. It never ends - this is why we need a backup system in the U.S."

Dedina says the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) isn't doing its part to help either.

"We had been asking for pump station improvements for some time-response from IBWC- there is no problem," Dedina tweeted.

This comes after that massive sewage spill in February. Local lawmakers agreeing with those who live here that change is needed.

Ginger Sacco telling us, "I've seen the purple effluent, I've smelled it; it just blows my mind!"

Sylvia Jimenez has a hard and fast rule saying, "I would never come down here and go in the water."

The reason for increased efforts to find a failsafe.