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Sewage spill prompts beach closure in Encinitas

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ENCINITAS (CNS) - Beaches around the San Elijo Lagoon in Encinitas were closed Thursday due to a sewage spill, authorities said.

An estimated 1,500 gallons of sewage spilled from a pump station at Manchester Avenue and Via Poco into the lagoon Wednesday, according to county spokesman Tom Lambert.

The spill, discovered about 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, was caused by a main rupture at the pump station, Lambert said.

Due to suspected contamination, beaches were closed from 100 feet north to 100 feet south of the lagoon outfall, as were the major access points within the lagoon, Lambert said.

Signs warning of the sewage contamination will be posted until tests confirm the area safe again.

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