Supervisor Cox to Propose Expansion of County Water Testing due to Sewage Spills! Water Quality Workshop Wednesday, February 13th
Feb 12, 2019 10:03PM
By Paul Spear
MORE TESTING FOR SOUTH COUNTY BEACHES
Supervisor Cox to propose expansion of water testing due to sewage spills
WHAT: County Supervisor Greg Cox will announce a proposal to significantly expand beach water testing of South County beaches that are at higher risk of pollution due to ongoing sewage contamination.
The expanded program would more than double the number of sites tested by the County from the border to Coronado during the winter, when Tijuana River sewage discharges are more likely. The County will also be testing the water quality more often at these beaches so that the public can be notified quickly when there is a health risk that Tijuana River flows may bring to South County beaches.
In addition, the County would use rapid bacteria testing methods to get quicker results, cutting the time from as much as 96 hours to as little as 26 hours. This could result in shorter beach closures because officials will be able to verify much sooner when it is safe for the public to enter the waters.
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 13
WHERE: Portwood Pier Plaza, Elder Avenue and Seacoast Drive, Imperial Beach
WHO: County Supervisor Greg Cox
Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina
Imperial Beach Marine Safety Department Chief Robert Stabenow
VISUALS: Sample testing of local beach waters; map with locations of new beach sites proposed for testing.
PARKING: Media parking will be in green loading zone on Seacoast Dr., near Elder Ave.