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Another Sewage Leak in Richmond

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Doesn't seem as bad as the Marin spill, but still not good news. At least this was mostly rain water (so they say). From SFGate:


Officials are warning people to stay out of the water along the Richmond shoreline after sewage mixed with rainwater leaked into the bay.


About 890,000 gallons of the mix of sewage and rainwater spilled into the bay from its plant near the Richmond Marina, said Shilen Patel, a spokesman for Veolia Water Co. The company operates the plant and the sewer collection system for the city.

Patel said the city's sewage system is designed to divert overflow into the bay - the only way the city's World War II-era sewer system can handle a huge influx of water during a big storm.

"The reason for that is, if the water during the rain storm plows through the system, it would backflow into people's homes and businesses," Patel said.

Patel said only a small amount of the leak was sewage, and that it was mostly rainwater.

"That said, any amount of sewage is not good, and every city needs to reduce that amount to zero. But that takes a lot of time and a lot of money," he said.

Officials are running tests to determine if bacteria in the water is within safe levels.

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