Beach contamination advisory lifted for Imperial Beach

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The city of Imperial Beach has been trying for years to clean up its image.

But every time it rains, it seems they have to start over.

The Department of Environmental Health closed Imperial Beach early Sunday after testing revealed unsafe levels of sewage contamination coming from runoff from Tijuana River.

Health officials said it puts swimmers at risk of getting ill with anything from the stomach flue to even Hepatitis, but some locals said they don’t really worry about it too much.

It’s worth nothing that swimming or surfing at any San Diego beach is not recommended for 72 hours after rain because of polluting runoff.

Imperial Beach though is more susceptible because of its proximity to the Tijuana River.

Health officials advice beach goers to check the county’s website for water quality before jumping in.

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