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Sewage smell overpowers South Bay residents

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Posted at 11:05 PM, Feb 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-20 07:30:24-05

The South Bay smells.

Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina said Sunday night an increased bad smell in the areas surrounding the Tijuana River Valley raised enough concerns that he requested information from government officials in Mexico about possible sewage dumping south of the international border.

“It smells like the inside of a porta-potty that has been sitting in the sun for a week,” said southern San Diego resident Maria Egger. “This time just the rains have been so bad and the sewage has been running for like a month now.”

Egger said the sewage smell increases a couple of days after every storm and forces residents to keep their windows shut.

She wondered if sewage treatment plants in San Diego County were off line.  Mayor Dedina said that was highly unlikely.

However, Dedina, who is also an environmentalist, said he has reached out for information regarding a possible sewage leak or spill in Tijuana that would lead to an increased smell.  The Tijuana River and rainwater runoff flows from Mexico into San Diego County. 

Mayor Dedina said the Governor of Baja California is also working on a three-point plan to clean up sewage in his state.  Details of that plan have not been released.