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Bi-national leaders to discuss decades long border sewer issues

The ceremony comes a couple of month after one other two sewage strains broke, dumping hundreds of thousands of gallons into the Tijuana River.

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. — South Bay coastal communities may lastly find out about long-term options to the sewage drawback that has plagued the area for decades.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency and the International Boundary Water Commission will host the USMCA Tijuana River Watershed US-Mexico signing ceremony. The occasion will “unveil agreements between the U.S. and Mexico to fund and implement the preliminary steps of a complete set of initiatives addressing transborder air pollution.”

The ceremony comes a couple of month after one other two sewage strains broke, dumping hundreds of thousands of gallons into the Tijuana River. The two sewer strains failed in late July. The preliminary restore work was anticipated to be accomplished by the tip of final week in order that one of many broken pipelines may be introduced again on-line.

Once the pipeline is absolutely restored to service and pump stations are re-activated, transboundary wastewater stream to the Tijuana River will finish.

“We appreciate the quick response by Mexican officials to repair the damaged infrastructure,” mentioned Dr. Maria-Elena Giner, United States Commissioner.

Baron Partlow from Imperial Beach says he’s outraged over the newest sewer line breaks in Tijuana that’s making it’s manner into the Pacific Ocean.

“We have no idea how it can just keep getting worse and worse and worse as time goes on. We watched failure after failure after failure,” mentioned Partlow.

Commissioners say it’s a couple of 6-week timeline to restore the second line.

In the meantime, the South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant has been working twice as onerous, treating a each day common of 31.5 million gallons per day – exceeding the plant’s capability of 25 million gallons per day.

The sewage collected within the flood management channel has been coming into the ocean and even pressured the closure of Imperial and Coronado seashores, which has south bay residents upset.

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