Close to 1M Gallons of Sewage Spilled into San Francisco Bay

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Officials say that 952,000 gallons of partially treated sewage — enough to fill 50 backyard swimming pools — were released by accident into the San Francisco Bay but that the spill didn’t cause any harm to public health or the environment.

The San Jose Mercury News reports Saturday (http://bayareane.ws/2a0RwE3) that an employee on Wednesday turned the wrong valve at San Jose’s wastewater treatment plant this week releasing the partially treated water.

San Jose’s director of environmental services Kerrie Romanow says that normally water from the toilets, showers, dishwashers, washing machines and other appliances of 1.4 million residents in eight South Bay cities flows into the Alviso plant. There it goes through three levels of treatment.

She says the spilled wastewater had gone through two of three levels and that most of the impurities had been removed.