87,000 gallons of sewage spilled by storms

October 22, 2009 2:18:09 PM PDT
Last week's powerful rainstorm overwhelmed San Mateo's sewage system so badly that 87,000 gallons of untreated sewage flowed into streets and creeks, a violation of the federal Clean Water Act.

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Records from the Bay Area Regional Water Quality Board show that out of 87,000 gallons that spilled, 55 gallons flowed into the San Francisco Bay.

The report says the incidents pushed bacteria levels at local beaches over public health limits, causing officials to post warnings and close some beaches.

Earlier this year, San Mateo was fined for similar violations of the Clean Water Act.

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