Erika I Ritchie
June 17, 2016
Officials estimate the water began leaking in the summer of 2013 when repairs were made on the training pool and that more than 1.6 million gallons of sewer and pool water have leaked since then.CAMP PENDLETON – Officials at the seaside base said Friday that since 2013, more than 1.6 million gallons of sewer and pool water have discharged into the ground near a training area at the north end of the base, two miles south of San Clemente.
The water came from restroom facilities and a training pool near Area 62, said Carl Redding, a base spokesman.
Crews discovered an irregularity in the piping system while doing a routine leak inspection on May 31 and the valves to the restroom were immediately shut off. On June 1, crews determined the pipe with the irregularity fed into larger pipe that also carried backflow water from the pool. They also determined that a portion of the larger pipe was damaged underground and was leaking.
Officials say the water – about half sewage and half from the pool – drained into the soil near the training area and evaporated, according to Redding.
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