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San Diego Area Beaches Open After Mexican Sewage Forced Their Closure

July 8, 1994

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Fifteen miles of beach reopened Friday after a raw sewage spill in Mexico closed them down.

Tests showed Friday that the Pacific Ocean water was clean enough to swim in again, said Gary Stephany, assistant director of the San Diego County health services department

The beach closings on the U.S. side of the border stemmed from an ongoing problem of pollution from Tijuana, where population growth has outstripped its ability to handle sewage.

County health officials quarantined the beaches after Tijuana shut down its sewage treatment facilities for maintenance Tuesday, diverting 25 million gallons of raw sewage into the Tijuana River.

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