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Sewage Spill in Mexico

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August 27, 2008

An estimated 342,000 gallon sewage spill occurred last night in Playas De Tijuana, Baja California Norte, Mexico.

The spill was caused by a scheduled maintenance shut down of a sewer pump station between 9:00 p.m. on Aug. 26 and 3:00 a.m. on Aug. 27. The sewage flowed into the ocean at Playas De Tijuana, about one mile south of the U.S. / Mexico border.

As a precaution, the County Department of Environmental Health has issued a water contact closure for the Border Field State Park shoreline. Signs warning of sewage contaminated water have been posted at access points to Border Field State Park and will remain in place until field measurements indicate the ocean water is safe for recreational use.

For more information on the sewage spill, please call the U.S. International Boundary & Water Commission at 619-662-7600.

For updates on beach closure information please call the 24-hr. hotline at (619) 338-2073 or visit and select “San Diego County.”