Thousands of gallons of sewage released in SLO, health department says

Several thousand gallons of sewage were released into a San Luis Obispo creek, according to the county health department.

About 3,000 gallons were released from a manway about 3:50 p.m. Friday on the 300 block of Ramona Drive into a nearby storm drain, according to a San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department news release. Late Friday, the release of the sewage was “ongoing” and had entered Garden Creek.

City of San Luis Obispo utility crews were monitoring the release, which was because of “stormwater infiltration,” according to the news release.

The health department is asking residents to avoid the creek and other affected areas. The department also said people should “avoid contact with creek and ocean water during and after storm events due to high levels of disease-causing organisms such as bacteria, viruses and protozoans originating from the watershed and urban areas.”

The release is not likely to be a public safety threat because of dilution from the stormwater infiltration, according to the department.

Mark Powell: 805-781-7915