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UPDATE | Health district issues no-contact advisory after Bainbridge sewage spill
The Kitsap Public Health District has issued an advisory for Bainbridge Island residents — and their pets — to avoid any contact with the waters of Eagle Harbor until further notice.
Shellfish harvesting is also not advised at this time.
The warning comes after a sewage spill Tuesday night near Madison Avenue and Wallace Way.
Bainbridge Island public works crews are still trying to determine the cause of the spill that pushed untreated wastewater out of a manhole near the Madison Avenue-Wallace Way intersection late Tuesday.
City officials said they were alerted to the overflowing manhole at approximately 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18.
The blockage caused sewage to flow out of a manhole located in an apartment complex parking lot and onto the pavement on Wallace Way.
The flow was finally stopped by a city crew at roughly 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
City officials said the cause of the blockage that caused the overflow is still uncertain.
A harmless dye was released around 10 a.m. Wednesday into the stormwater system as part of the investigation to find the cause, said Public Works Director Barry Loveless.
Residents are advised the dye may be visible in Eagle Harbor west of Waterfront Park as a purple/pink or green tint.
Officials said the dye will not hurt the environment.