Monterey Co. beaches reopen after sewage spill, water not safe yet

File art: Monterey Bay (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

By Bay City News Service

Monterey County beaches, which were closed because sewage spilled into the ocean from a facility in Marina Saturday morning, are open again but the public is advised to avoid contact with ocean water until Friday, county health officials said today.

Open again are Carmel Beach at Ocean Avenue, Monterey's Municipal Beach, Lovers Point Park, the beach at Monterey State Beach, San Carlos Beach, Asilomar Beach, Spanish Bay and Stillwater Cove.

As much as 4.9 million gallons of sewage spilled into Monterey Bay because of equipment failure at a treatment facility.

Samples taken Sunday revealed that the water is safe for recreational use according to state guidelines.

Residents and visitors can get more information about Monterey County beaches by calling (800) 347-6363 or at