Bad pipe dumps millions of gallons raw sewage

Ocean on both sides of U.S.-Mexican border affected

TIJUANA, Mexico | August 29, 2012

A damaged pipe has allowed millions of gallons of raw sewage into the ocean on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border, officials in Tijuana, Mexico, said.

Beaches were ordered closed after workers at the Tijuana division of the public service commission noticed unusual flows to pump stations in Playas de Tijuana, U-T San Diego reported Wednesday.

The International Boundary and Water Commission said sewage discharge into the ocean surf was occurring at a rate of about 1.6 million gallons per day.

The problem was traced to a large pipe known as the Farallon Collector some three-fourths of a mile south of the international border.

A spokesman for the public service commission said damage to the pipe was apparently caused by Sunday's earthquake swarm in Baja California.

Repairs were expected to be completed Wednesday.

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