Large Sewage Spill Reported In Bay Area

KENTFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Sanitation officials in Marin County say 824,000 gallons of wastewater spilled last week in Kentfield where manholes at several locations overflowed.

Ross Valley Sanitary District said Wednesday the spill was discovered around 7 p.m. Friday, and only about 105,000 gallons was recovered. The rest flowed into stormwater drains that empty into Corte Madera Creek and San Francisco Bay.

Officials say the spill was either caused by a negligent contractor that allowed construction debris to block the sewage system, or “environmental terrorism.”

The district says there is no immediate public danger but “ongoing emergency repairs and the potential for additional spills are serious and may require the closing of roads.”

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