An estimated 8.5 million gallons of untreated sewage water spilled into a flood-control waterway in Los Angeles County after a sewer pipe failed last week, according to local officials.
A concrete pipe 48 inches in diameter in Carson, Calif., collapsed Thursday, sending wastewater out of a manhole onto a city street and into the Dominguez Channel, a waterway that empties into Los Angeles Harbor. Water from the channel eventually makes its way to the Pacific Ocean.
The release of millions of gallons of sewage into the channel forced the closure of beaches from Long Beach to Rancho Palos Verdes on Friday. Several beaches in Los Angeles and Orange counties were closed through the weekend following the spill as city officials conducted water quality testing.
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