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2 sewage pumps fail in San Diego blackout, contaminating waters

September 8, 2011 | 10:39 pm

The blackout in San Diego caused two sewage pumps to fail, contaminating a lagoon and a river feeding into San Diego Bay, officials said Thursday night.

One pump sent sewage into the Sweetwater River that feeds into southern portion of the bay, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders told reporters at a news conference.  He said workers had stopped that leak.

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The other pump failure polluted Los Peñasqutios Lagoon, which is part of a natural reserve in Torrey Pines State Park.

Sanders said that officials would post warning signs Friday at the affected areas.


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