The City of Bainbridge Island experienced a discharge at its Wastewater Treatment Plant due to heavy rains, and it is expected today that the Kitsap Public Health District will issue a new no-contact advisory for Eagle Harbor. The length of the advisory will be determined by the Health District.
At approximately 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2 to 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 3, approximately 250,000 gallons of partially treated effluent was discharged from the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant outfall into the Puget Sound, east of Wing Point. The discharge occurred due to heavy rainfall that exceeded the plant’s capability to fully treat the wastewater. City staff stopped the discharge by reconfiguring the plant to increase capacity. An on-call staff technician became aware of the incident through an alarm on the system. The City immediately notified the Kitsap Public Health District about the discharge.
As a precaution, the Health District will issue a no-contact advisory for Eagle Harbor.
This no-contact advisory will mark the second for Eagle Harbor in a week. The Kitsap Public Health District issued a no-contact advisory for Eagle Harbor on Dec. 28 due to a blocked sewer main. A blocked sewer main caused a manhole at Winslow Way East and Eagle Place to overflow, causing an estimated 5,300 gallons of sewage to flow to Eagle Harbor. City crews performed a video inspection of the sewer main but were not able to determine a cause of the sewer blockage; there is no history of blockages at this location. Typically, these blockages are caused by disposable wipes, rags, and grease being dumped into the sewer. The Health District advisory for this incident expired Jan. 1.
The public is advised to avoid contact with water in the affected area. The Health District recommends against swimming, wading, or types of water recreation that could cause water to be swallowed or get into the mouth, nose or eyes. People should also avoid direct skin contact if possible and immediately wash with soap and clean water if they have exposure to the water.
Warning signs will be posted at public access points to Eagle Harbor. Sign up for Health District notifications on water contact and shellfish pollution advisories at kitsappublichealth.org/subscribe. All Public Health advisories are posted at kitsappublichealth.org/beaches.
The City has staff on call 24 hours per day, and the public is always advised to call 911 to report emergencies, such as sewage spills, after normal working hours and on weekends.