Treated sewage in Tijuana prevents border spills

SAN DIEGO (AP) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the border city of Tijuana has a higher percentage of treated sewage in comparison to the rest of Mexico, preventing dirty water from flowing into the United States and closing beaches.

EPA regional administrator Jared Blumenfeld said Wednesday that 90% of sewage in Tijuana is treated, whereas about 40% of sewage is treated nationwide in Mexico.

Blumenfeld credits an upgraded plant in San Diego that treats sewage flowing downhill from Tijuana and three new treatment plants in Tijuana. The San Diego upgrade was completed last year under a federal court order.

Blumenfeld visited the San Diego plant on a tour to seek feedback on an 8-year plan to improve the environment along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border.

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