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07/27/05

Sewage Spill Sends Ocean Springs Swimmers Elsewhere

Ocean Springs officials expect sections of beach closed to high pollution levels to be back open by this weekend.

The Department of Environmental Quality closed Front Beach from the Ocean Springs Yacht Club eastward to Jackson Street on Wednesday morning. High bacteria levels were also detected on East Beach from Weeks Bayou to Waters Edge Drive.

The cause of the pollution has already been determined. Mayor Connie Moran says on Monday public works crews were working on Lafontaine Avenue when they ruptured a sewer main. The overflow sent 3,000 gallons of raw sewage into a nearby basin.

"We knew immediately there would be some bacteria. We filed a report with the Department of Environmental Quality and they came and did a test and yes the bacteria count is higher, but we feel with the couple of changes in the tidal it will clean itself out by Friday."

Mayor Moran says over the next year the public works department will do a complete renovation of the city's water and sewer lines.

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