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Imperial Beach hit with another 858K gallons of Tijuana runoff

Posted at 4:32 PM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 20:27:43-04

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. (KGTV) — Days before South Bay locals head out to enjoy Fourth of July festivities, thousands of gallons of sewage flowed into the South Bay's coastline Tuesday.

The runoff comes a week after millions of gallons of sewage flowed into Imperial Beach's coastline from the Tijuana River.

The 858,000 gallons of untreated and treated sewage runoff came from Tijuana Tuesday, including flows from the ruptured Collector Poniente line, according to the U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC).


The same line dumped about 3.5 million gallons of sewage into the Tijuana River last week, prompting a full closure of the Imperial Beach coastline.

IBWC says the Mexican Utility (CESPT) has been working on the broken line. Mexico's Pump Station CILA was not able to divert all of the flow from Tuesday in the Tijuana River Channel.

The IB coastline remains closed from U.S.-Mexico border to the north end of the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge, according to the county's alert website.