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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 031523-2
Some Long Beach Beaches Temporary Closed Due to Sewage Spill
Jennifer Rice Epstein
Public Affairs Officer
Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services

Long Beach City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, ordered all swimming areas West of the Belmont Pier in Long Beach temporarily closed for water contact due to a sewage spill. 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.

According to a report received earlier this morning from Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and Los Angeles County Sanitation District, approximately 18,000 gallons of sewage was discharged into the Los Angeles River on March 15, 2023. The sewage spill occurred in the City of Paramount. The spill was caused due to sewer capacity and heavy rainfall. 

The City of Long Beach Health Department’s recreational water quality health inspection team is monitoring water quality along the coast. Water monitoring will continue until results comply with State water quality standards.

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 Jennifer Rice Epstein, Public Affairs Officer, Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, 562.441.3590 or