Everett’s Howarth Park Beach Closed Due to High Fecal Levels After Sewage Spill

Monday May 12th, 10:00am Update from the City of Everett: City officials lifted the beach closures at both Howarth Park and Pigeon Creek beach this morning. Bacteria levels at all sample sites, including the spill site, have returned to normal

Sunday May 11th, 1:00pm Update from the City of Everett: One pump is operating and the temporary by-pass on 25th Street has been dismantled. Water quality sample results from Saturday show bacteria levels are normal at Pigeon Creek beach and Howarth Park. City officials are leaving the temporary closure signs in place today as a cautionary measure.

Saturday May 10th, 5:00pm Update from the City of Everett: Sample results from water quality samples taken May 9, show normal levels of bacteria at Howarth Park and at 10th Street and elevated levels at Pigeon Creek beach and the outfall site.. City officials are leaving the temporary closure signs in place today as a cautionary measure.

1:00pm Update from the City of Everett: Due to a sewer main break at a sewer lift station in Everett, Thursday evening, May 8, one of the combined sewer outfalls overflowed for approximately 11 hours into Port Gardner Bay near Pigeon Creek Park. Two pumps at the sewer lift station were submerged due to the break and are currently inoperable.

Crews have installed a temporary bypass pipe to route flows to a sewage treatment plant on the Kimberly-Clark site and are working on a second bypass to prepare for additional flows that would result from rain. The second temporary bypass will be set up along 25th Street from Grand Avenue to Hoyt Avenue.

One of the pumps is expected to be back in operation as early as Saturday; the second and larger pump may take a couple of weeks before it is overhauled and back in operation.

Water quality samples have been taken near the outfall location and results will be available Saturday, May 10. Residents and visitors are warned to avoid contact with water near the outfall located at 2730 Federal Ave. Crews have posted “No swimming or wading” signs at Howarth Park and Pigeon Creek Beach. Samples will be taken each day and signs will remain in place until the water quality returns to normal.

Everett Public Works officials have notified local agencies including state departments of Health and Ecology, Snohomish Health District and Port of Everett.

Howarth Park

Howarth Park Beaches are closed until further notice.

Just got this update in from the Washington State Department of Ecology on the closure of Everett’s Howarth Park Beaches…

On May 9, 2014, the City of Everett in Snohomish County closed two beaches to swimming, Howarth Park beach and the beach north of Howarth Park, Pidgeon Creek beach.  The City will be taking water quality samples today to determine when the beaches can be reopened.  The swimming closure was issued in response to a sewage spill caused by a force main break last night.  The public is to have no contact with the water until further notice.

Contact with fecal contaminated waters can result in gastroenteritis, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections, buy cipro and other illnesses. Children and the elderly may be more vulnerable to waterborne illnesses.

Stay updated about water quality at your beaches by keeping up with us on our blog Fecal Matters, on Facebook, or join our listserv.

You can also check the Real Time Sewage Combined Sewer Overflow Map for Everett by clicking here.

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