Olympia beach closed following nearby wastewater overflow

lpemberton@theolympian.comFebruary 12, 2014 

Thurston County officials say the beach at West Bay Park in Olympia has been temporarily closed a precaution due to a possible wastewater contamination. It is expected to reopen by midday Friday.

According to a news release: Officials estimate that 22,000 gallons of wastewater overflowed from a manhole at 2100 West Bay Dr. NW after heavy rain showers on Tuesday. 

“Crewmembers were able to stop the overflow and clean the surrounding ground and ditches, but some of the overflow may have reached the beach, prompting the beach closure,” the news release stated.  

Meantime, officials say nearby beachfront property owners should avoid contact with the water until Friday. 

“The health risk for the public is relatively low in this situation, but we decided to close the beach and post the advisory signs until Friday out of an abundance of caution,” Art Starry, director of the county’s Environmental Health Division said in statement.

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