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Laguna Beach

 Volume 12, Issue 56  |  July 14, 2020

Beaches remain closed due to sanitary leak from broken City pipe not associated with The Ranch, residents north of Nyes Place asked to conserve water

Beaches remain closed after a sanitary sewer leak was discovered on Wednesday near the Aliso and Woods Canyon Wilderness Park in Laguna Beach. The leak occurred within a City line and is isolated and draining into Aliso Creek. The leak is coming from a broken City wastewater pipe and not associated with The Ranch Golf Course.

Specialized equipment and crews are required to bypass and repair the line, are on-scene, and will be working throughout the day Friday and possibly into the evening to affect repairs. At this time, the cause of the leak is unknown and is under investigation.

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Wednesday’s sewage pipe leak occurred within a City line and is isolated and draining into Aliso Creek

On Thursday, the City issued a request to residents to voluntarily reduce water usage through Saturday to decrease impact to the wastewater system while repairs are made to the sewage pipe leak. The City sent an updated release on Friday morning stating that residents south of Nyes Place may resume normal water usage at this time; however, residents north of Nyes Place are being asked to continue avoiding any unnecessary uses of water, including washing clothes, running the dishwasher, and taking baths or long showers. This event does not impact drinking water.

The leak has prompted the Orange County Healthcare Agency to issue several beach closures as a precaution. All beaches from Poche Beach in San Clemente to Pelican Point at Crystal Cove are temporarily closed for water contact. State law requires temporary closure and posting at beaches in these situations until the water quality meets State requirements. The community is encouraged to pay close attention to any warning signs posted at the beach for their safety. Water monitoring will continue until results comply with State water quality standards.

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Beaches from San Clemente to Crystal Cove are closed until further notice due to sanitary leak

Find more information on current beach closures on the Orange County Healthcare Agency’s website at


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