CA - Onslaught of Tijuana Sewage Heads for San Diego Coastline

Two sewage line breaks on the Tijuana side of the U.S.-Mexico border sent contaminated water toward the Tijuana River beginning Sunday morning.

Prepare for what’s shaping up to be the perfect sewage storm for California’s southernmost coast.

Two sewage line breaks on the Tijuana side of the U.S.-Mexico border sent contaminated water toward the Tijuana River beginning Sunday morning, according to the International Boundary and Water Commission, a federal agency that manages border water issues. This coastal desert river should naturally flow only in the rainy winter season, but poor infrastructure in Tijuana means sewage makes its way into a waterway that’s now a vehicle for pollution.

Photos taken by the border water agency show the Tijuana River Estuary is swelling with water coursing west. Morgan Rogers, operations manager at the IBWC’s International Wastewater Treatment Plant, said Monday morning that water hadn’t reached the ocean, yet.

But it probably will.

And that’s only half of this double whammy of doo-doo about to strike the shoreline.

A hurricane off the coast of Baja California and week-old winter storms in the Southern Hemisphere are sending beautiful sets of southern swells to San Diego – a surfer’s summer dream. Except, you can probably count on those swells to be laden with sewage, and not just from the Tijuana River.

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