500 gallons of sewage spilled onto Bob Jones Bike Trail, authorities say

Spill called minor by authorities

newsroom@thetribunenews.comMarch 17, 2013 

UPDATE 11 a.m. Monday: Investigators have determined that approximately 500 gallons of raw sewage spilled along the Bob Jones Bike Trail on Sunday, according to a news release by the San Luis Obispo County health agency.

Authorities also confirmed that the sewage, which erupted from a sewer line that has now been fixed, did not enter San Luis Obispo Creek.

The public is advised to use caution on the bike path since crews tore up the pavement during the fix.

The San Miguelito Mutual Water Co. plans to repair the pavement Monday.

Original story: A small sewage spill caused some slowing to bikers and walkers on the Bob Jones Bike Trail on Sunday near the San Luis Bay Estates.

There was a report around 11 a.m. Sunday of sewage pooling at the side of the trail along the wider section of road between the estates and the golf course, according to Cal Fire battalion chief Paul Lee.

There is no estimate for the volume of the sewage leak, but Lee described it as “very minor.”

The San Miguelito Mutual Water Co. responded to remove the sewage and complete repairs on an underground pipe that caused the leakage. A representative from San Luis Obispo County environmental health also responded, as well as members of Cal Fire.

As of 2 p.m. Sunday, the leak was stopped and a white absorbent disinfectant could be seen spread across the road. There was no smell of sewage. Cal Fire allowed pedestrians and bikers to pass through the area slowly and at their own risk.

Lee estimated that the pipe would be fully repaired by later Sunday afternoon.

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