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Long Beach issues beach water quality advisory after Wednesday’s showers

{mosimage}Published 3/4/2009 on Press-Telegram

LONG BEACH, Calif. — The Long Beach City Health Officer, Dr. Helene Calvet, has issued an advisory for the beaches in the City of Long Beach following the rainfall Wednesday.

After any significant rainfall (0.10" or more) high levels of bacteria from storm drains, rivers, and polluted runoff enter into our ocean. It is recommended to avoid all ocean water contact for at least 72 hours after rainfall, especially at storm drain outlets, river mouths, streams, and lagoons. People should always pay particular attention to any warning signs posted at the beach for their safety.

Water quality monitoring will continue to be conducted by the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services Water Quality Program to determine the bacteriological content of the contamination in the beach waters. Additional advisories will be issued as necessary. Further information about the water quality in Long Beach may be obtained from the Department of Health and Human Services Water Quality Information Line 562.570.4199, or from the Department's website at www.longbeach.gov/health.

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