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    Small sewage spill prompts closure of stretch of bay water in Newport Beach
    • July 31, 2023

    A small sewage spill forced the closure of a portion of the bay water in Newport Beach on Sunday, July 30, authorities said.

    Around 140 gallons of sewage spilled into the area near the Aloha Drive/Linda Island bridge on Sunday after a rental boat struck a sewer line, Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley said on social media.

    A spill report submitted by the city of Newport Beach to the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services said the boat attempted to pass under the bridge Sunday afternoon and accidentally broke a 3-inch pipe located under the bridge.

    The spill was stopped but the waters from 500 feet upcoast to 500 feet downcoast of the bridge were expected to remain closed to swimming, surfing and diving for at least three days.

    The closure could last longer if the results of follow-up water quality monitoring do not meet acceptable standards, according to the OC Health Care Agency.

    For information on the closure, contact the Orange County Health Care Agency at 714-433-6400 or visit

    To report a sewage spill, call (714) 433-6419.

    ​ Orange County Register