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Officials: Don't Swim Near Storm Drains

Beachgoers should avoid the water near discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers until Saturday.

Los Angeles County health officials warned Wednesday that people planning to go to the beaches should be careful of swimming, surfing or playing in ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers until Saturday.

"Fortunately, discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers only comprise a small portion of the beach, and therefore, anybody who wants to go to the beach will be able to enjoy their outing," said Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, the county's public health officer.

"We do advise swimmers and surfers to stay away from storm drains, creeks and rivers as there is the possibility that bacteria or chemical from debris and trash may contaminate the water near and around these areas, and some individuals may become ill."

Further rain could cause the advisory to be extended past Saturday, Fielding said.

Fred Reardon December 28, 2012 at 07:33 AM
Storm Water Recapturing Millions of gallons of water flowed out into the ocean over recent weeks creating a giant toilet flush effect (stagnant water, bacteria, pollution, etc.). It would be cool if the LA Public Works and Water Districts would start implementing storm water recapturing (aka rain water collection) and work towards solving the problems related to drinking water shortages, irrigation water shortages and polluted ocean water (bacteria laden, trash & Plastic). Who’s tired of getting sick every time it rains and the waves are good?
Kanna Jones December 29, 2012 at 05:30 AM
We live in LA. We have to deal with the storm drain system, urban runoff, and water shortage every year. If we all use rain catchments, lose lawn and plant drought tolerant plants, reduce single-use plastics, pick up every single dog poop, and install a screen on each storm drain catchment, our lives would be much easier.

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