City of San Diego faces millions in fines for sewage spill from early 2016

In January, a landslide in Tecolote Canyon broke a main sewer line, dumping more than 100,000 gallons of raw sewage into the Tecolote Creek and east Mission Bay.

Mission Beach, San Diego, was closed after raw sewage leaked into the water.
Mission Beach, San Diego, was closed after raw sewage leaked into the water.

SAN DIEGO, CA, AUGUST 30, 2016 -- The City of San Diego could face millions of dollars in fines due to a sewage spill that happened earlier this year, according to a local news affiliate.

In January, raw sewage leaked into parts of Tecolote Creek and Mission Bay when a landslide broke a main sewer line.

On Monday, a technical report completed by the City and issued to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, said the spill dumped more than 6.7 million gallons of untreated sewage into parts of Mission Bay, closing beaches in the area.

City crews fixed the broken line in about a day, and recovered 108,000 gallons of sewage, but the Water Control Board is investigating whether there was any negligence on the part of the City of San Diego.

The investigation could take up to two years to complete, and could result in fines of up to $10 per gallon or a maximum of $65 million.

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