Mishap or Metaphor? California Sees Nearly 20 Million Gallons of Raw Sewage Released Near the Shore

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California’s got some problems.

Headed for the moment by Gavin Newsom, the state is challenged by tent cities, bad roads, high taxes, educational woes, and radical regulation.

But for those who think the joint’s gone to crap, at least there’s the ocean.

And for those who love coincidental combos, here’s a story.

As relayed by the Los Angeles Times, Playa del Rey’s Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant was in a bit of a bind Sunday afternoon.

Executive plant manager Timeyin Dafeta said the town’s oldest and largest wastewater treatment facility got swamped.

From the outlet:

At about noon on Sunday, a large amount of debris unexpectedly clogged filtering screens with openings less than an inch in size at the treatment plant… … The plant’s managers tried adding screens to replace the ones that were blocked. They also tried redirecting the flows to a storm drain system within the plant — an alternative way to bring the water through the normal treatment process.

But after several hours of recirculating the water, the system was still too overwhelmed.

Officials employed an emergency measure.

Hence, the plant discharged roughly 6% of its daily load — around 17 million gallons of raw sewage — one mile offshore.

Per the Times, this prevented Hyperion from letting go of “much more” of the gaseous goods.

The digestive juices’ release reportedly racked up a record:

Dafeta said he believes that the incident was the largest amount of untreated sewage discharged through the one-mile pipe over the last 10 years.

It’s easy to imagine such an occurrence in SoCal.

The area’s superbly seductive.

Palm trees, parties, the city, the sea — admire the enchantment, and you’ll wanna take a dip.

Why not jump in and relish the rays?

But beware: Politicians — occasionally called by critics a word rhyming with “lassos” — have fired off missiles of mischief that might seriously downgrade your day in the sun.

Here’s a deep dive; hold your breath:

Cruel, Cruel Summer: A California County Outlaws More Than One Swimmer Per Pool – No Matter How Large

Bill Maher Torches California for Its Regulation, Even Where the Golden State’s Sun Doesn’t Shine

Adam Carolla Does It Again With His Take on Elon’s Texas Transition, and One Governor Won’t Like It

Gas Lite-ing: California Makes History With the First City to Ban Any Future Gas Stations

Another Celebrity Makes a Break for It: TV Star Leaves California Over ‘Tyrannical Government Overreach’

Paywatch: Thanks to the Public Employee Union, Multiple LA Lifeguards Make Nearly $400K a Year

Back to an ocean of excrement, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a warning advising residents not to swim near Dockweiler State Beach and El Segundo Beach.

[O]fficials are investigating the cause of the debris and repairing damaged equipment.

And if such a bowel blowout makes you think twice about bathing in Earth’s bathtub, consider that Hyperion always empties into the beautiful blue — it’s just normally five miles away rather than one.

Do four miles’ difference make that accidentally-ingested agua palatably permissible while you’re splashin’ around?

If so, consider the creatures cruising just yards from yourself: They’re spilling out sewage, too.

As for California, despite the crappiness, I’m not ashamed to say: I love it.

Just like Leslie Nielson — and he knows all about Sunday’s sort of big stink:



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