H-AVILA BEACH

Mar 20, 2013 1:00 AM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

Sewage clean-up completed in Avila Beach

A broken sewer line in Avila Beach caused some inconvenience this week, but county health officials say it's been cleaned up and the public is safe.

Five-hundred gallons of raw sewage spilled along the Bob Jones Trail on Sunday.

Crews were on the scene that same afternoon, making sure the leak was stopped, cleaning it up, and beginning to make repairs.

"They disinfect the lines. They disinfect the ground. They use lime and usually a bleach compound to disinfect the sewage," explained Richard Lichtenfels, San Luis Obispo County Supervising Environmental Health Specialist.

Clean-up crews had to dig up part of the Bob Jones Trail to complete their work, and the trail was resurfaced on Monday.

Health officials say the sewage did not enter the nearby creek, so there was never any reason to close Avila Beach.

The company that owns the sewer line is responsible for paying for the clean-up and repairs, which county officials say could cost several thousand dollars.

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