Millions of gallons of water spill from Mexico

Posted at 5:06 PM, Jun 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-28 20:51:48-04

TIJUANA RIVER VALLEY, Calif., (KGTV) — The International Boundary and Water Commission estimates about 5 million gallons of water spilled from Mexico into San Diego Tuesday. 

They said a border patrol agent spotted the spill around 7:30 a.m. and for nearly three hours, water gushed into the area. The Commission said a few hours later, another rupture that lasted three and a half hours caused more water to spill.

“It makes me feel threatened, it makes me feel angry,” said Imperial Beach resident Baron Partlow.

The municipal water utility in Mexico told the International Boundary and Water Commission the burst came from a water pipe, not a sewer pipe.

The Commission said though the water in the pipe may be clean, it could have carried trash and other sewage stuck from previous spills out of Mexico into San Diego. 

“My quality of life has been compromised because I am no longer able to enjoy the leisure and recreational activities here,” said Partlow.

The County Health Department stated they wouldn't be closing any beaches.

The Commission said they have taken water samples and will be checking the bacteria levels. They expect results on Thursday.