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Ruptured pipe sends untreated sewage from Mexico into the U.S.

Posted at 4:01 PM, Sep 30, 2019

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A broken water line in Tijuana sent a mixture of potable water and untreated sewage across the U.S.-Mexico border.

The 7.8 million gallon spill, which started Sunday night at 7:30 p.m., was stopped Monday afternoon, according to a spokesperson from the International Boundary Water Commission.

A spokesperson for the IBWC said the 16-inch potable water line broke near Agua Caliente Blvd. in Tijuana. The ruptured portion of the pipe has been repaired.

Mexican water officials shut down Tijuana’s pump station because the water flow exceeded the station’s capacity, the IBWC said.

“Water and untreated waste water continues to flow into the United States,” said IBWC officials.

County Beach and Bay Monitoring Program staff members tell 10News the flow was stopped before it could impact local beaches and there is no risk at this time.