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Health District will lift advisory for sewage spill Wednesday

The Kitsap County Health District is expected today to lift a 10-day no-contact order for Eagle Harbor and surrounding waters.

The no-contact order was issued on May 31, following the rupture of a sewer pipe on the north shore of the harbor.

The broken pipe was first reported on May 30, and city Public Works crews repaired the sewer main in the early hours of June 2. An estimated 140,000 gallons of raw sewage and effluent spilled into the harbor.

The latest test results from the water samples taken at Waterfront Park on Monday show 10 colony forming units or less of bacteria per 100 mL of water (10 cfu/100mL). Bacteria levels under 70 cfu/100mL are generally considered safe for humans.

The results back up earlier tests released on June 2, which showed little residual bacteria contamination in the harbor.

Shellfish harvesting along much of Bainbridge Island's shores is still closed due to high levels of PSP, which are not related to the sewage spill.

It's unclear whether the city will be fined by the state for violating clean water regulations.

Larry Altose, a spokesperson for the state Department of Ecology, said that no decision had been made on fines, but the incident was still under review.

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