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Jan 13, 2010 11:45 PM by Kristen Oato

Release of partially treated sewage prompts health advisory for Oceano

A health advisory is in effect for the Pismo Beach near Oceano after 160,000 to 180,000 gallons of partially treated sewage were released 4,000 feet offshore Wednesday morning.

San Luis Obispo County Environmental Health says between the hours of 4 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., the South County Sanitation Plant chlorination system failed to work properly. The chlorination system is used to treat raw sewage.

The plant provides wastewater treatment for Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, and Oceano.

Normally, sewage is treated and piped out 4,000 feet offshore and 60 feet below the surface of the ocean.

The health department is collecting samples of the water and will have results tomorrow.

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