Health officials reopen last of closed beaches
August 4, 2005
KINGS BEACH – North Tahoe Beach in Kings Beach opened Thursday morning after Placer County health officials reviewed test results Wednesday that showed the beach was safe for public use. The beach had been closed since a July 19 sewage spill.
The only area that remains closed is an isolated region in front of a handful of private residences located just west of North Tahoe Beach, according to county officials. The area is in the immediate vicinity of the spill and includes a small pond that continues to be contaminated.
The pond was disinfected last Friday with diluted chlorine, according to Mike Fitch, assistant public information officer for Placer County. North Tahoe Public Utility District workers are still vacuuming the pond and health officials will continue to test the pond daily, according to Steve Rogers, general manager of the NTPUD.
The county noted that the contamination may be partly from water fowl and other wildlife that frequent the pond. Delineators, barricades and posted notices mark the remaining closed area.
Last Friday, four public beaches reopened after health officials announced that test results showed all of Lake Tahoe’s water in the Kings Beach area was safe for recreational use.
The spill occurred July 19 when Tahoe City-based Pacific Built workers building a private pier struck a 14-inch sewer main line which dumped 120,000 gallons of raw sewage into the lake, on the beach and in nearby ponds.
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The NTPUD held a special board meeting Monday morning to discuss the sewage spill and possible litigation from the incident.