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Sewer spill closes Silverdale shoreline

About 2,000 gallons of sewage spilled at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday near the Silverdale Waterfront at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Byron Street.

Kitsap County Public Works notified the Kitsap County Health District of the spill, which went through stormwater pipes to the marine shoreline when a pipe fitting on a vacuum pump broke.

The problem was corrected by 10:30 a.m., and the street was rinsed down. Meanwhile, Health District staff have posted warning signs in the area.

Because of the spill, the Health District is issuing a five-day “No Contact” advisory for the marine waters surrounding Silverdale Waterfront Park. Health District officials estimate the beach will be reopened by Tuesday morning, Aug. 5.

During the advisory, residents and the public are encouraged to stay away from storm water pipes draining onto the beach, stay out of the water and not collect or consume any shellfish from the area. There is also a PSP warning or “red tide” closure for Dyes Inlet.

For information, contact the Kitsap County Health District’s Water Quality Program at (360) 337-5245, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. You may also contact Kitsap County Wastewater Division at (360) 337-7197. Information is also available on the Health District’s 24-hour telephone hotline at 1-800-2BE-WELL or online at www.kitsapcountyhealth.com.

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