A sewage leak originating in Garden Grove closed two marinas in
Huntington Harbour last week and over the holiday weekend.
Both the Sunset Aquatic and Portofino Cove marinas in the Huntington
Harbour water area were closed to swimmers last Thursday at 12:30 p.m.
The spill was caused by a line puncture in Garden Grove's sewage
collection system, said Monica Mazur spokeswoman for the County of Orange
Health Care Agency, Environmental Health. Officials do not know how much
sewage was released into the water.
"This turned out to be sort of a strange spill," Mazur said. "Garden
Grove was inspecting one of their storm drains and discovered sewage that
should not have been there. It turns out that Pacific Bell accidentally
punctured a sewage line last July and now Garden Grove is leading the
effort to determine how much sewage may have already been spilled since
then." The two marinas were to remain closed until the results of
follow-up water quality testing determined that water met acceptable
minimum standards, Mazur added.
While Sunset Aquatic Marina was able to open on Saturday, Portofino
Cove Marina was not reopened until Monday and still posted signs that it
exceeded acceptable bacteria standards.
The county uses seven bacteria monitoring levels to keep citizens
informed about water quality.