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Health advisories issued for Dyes Inlet and Port Washington Narrows
BREMERTON — The City of Bremerton reported a discharge of 890,000 gallons of a fully treated mixture of sewage and storm water into Port Washington Narrows from their treatment plant in East Bremerton on Sept. 9.
The treatment plant is designed to operate during heavy rains, such as the rain storm this morning. Incoming tides carried the discharge from Port Washington Narrows into Dyes Inlet. Since some viruses can survive disinfection, the Kitsap County Health District has issued a seven-day health advisory for these water bodies.
During the advisory, the public is advised not to harvest shellfish from beaches in Dyes Inlet and avoid contact with water in Port Washington Narrows.
Warning signs have been posted at the following public access beaches: Lions Field, Lent Landing, and Evergreen Park. The advisory is scheduled to be lifted the morning of Friday, Sept. 13.
In addition, the no-contact health advisory for Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island has been extended until Tuesday, Sept. 10. The original advisory was issued following a 438,000 gallon sewage spill into Eagle Harbor that occurred on Aug. 30. The spill resulted from a break in a City of Bainbridge Island sewer main. Warning signs have been posted at public access beaches in the area.
The health advisory may be lifted at that time pending sampling results.
To reduce risk of illness, the public is strongly encouraged to wash their hands after coming in contact with polluted water, handling contaminated items, and before eating or preparing food.
The health district also recommends not harvesting shellfish anywhere in Kitsap County during and following heavy rain events due to the increased risk of illness from water borne pathogens.