'No contact' advisory for Dyes Inlet - 265,000 gallons of treated sewage spilled into Bremerton's Port Washington Narrows
By LYNSI BURTON
Central Kitsap Reporter Staff Writer
December 10, 2010 · Updated 1:23 PM
Although the weather hasn't made bathing in Dyes Inlet too inviting, beach goers were warned to not touch the water in Silverdale's bay for seven days starting Thursday.
The Kitsap County Health District reported about 265,000 gallons of treated sewage was discharged near Lions Park in Bremerton due to a sewer pipe break on Montgomery Avenue Wednesday night.
An earlier statement from the district described the sewage "raw partially treated sewage."
Because of the break, and to prevent sewage from backing up into homes or streets in West Bremerton, the city diverted the flow from East Bremerton to the Eastside Treatment Facility. The diversion combined with heavy rains exceeded the treatment facility's storage capacity, resulting in the overflow, said Jim Zimny, senior environmental health specialist for the health district.
The state requires the health district to issue a no contact advisory whenever more than 100,000 gallons of sewage is released.
The broken pipe was repaired Thursday.
In addition to Dyes Inlet, the "no contact" advisory includes Port Washington Narrows, Chico Bay, Phinney Bay, Mud Bay, Ostrich Bay and Oyster Bay, according to a statement from the health department.
The department has an ongoing advisory warning against collecting shellfish in the Port Washington Narrows during heavy rainfall, when pollution that has settled on streets, yards and sidewalks washes into the Puget Sound.