City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 011520
Long Beach Health Officer Lifts Closure on Beaches
Judeth Luong
Environmental Health Operations Officer
Department of Health and Human Services

City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, has lifted the closure order on open coastal beaches after consecutive lab results demonstrated the water to be within state water quality standards.

Open coastal beaches were closed for recreational water contact starting Monday, January 13 following an 11,000-gallon sewage spill in the City of Hawaiian Gardens. The cause of the sewage spill was a blocked sewage pipe. State law requires temporary closure and posting at beaches in these situations, out of an abundance of caution, until the water quality meets State requirements.

Long Beach has approximately seven miles of public beach. To protect the safety of the public, weekly water samples are collected and tested routinely to monitor bacterial levels. For their safety, the community is encouraged to pay close attention to any warning signs posted at the beach.

For the latest status on Long Beach recreational beach water quality, the public can call the Water Hotline at (562) 570-4199 or visit

Media inquiries can be directed to Judeth Luong, Environmental Health Operations Officer, Department of Health and Human Services, 562.570.4104,