Los Angeles County closes beach due to sewage discharge, recommends not swimming at others

Right After Torrance/Redondo Beach is closed due to sewage discharge. Pictured is the Torrance Beach coastline.

By Topher Gauk-Roger, CNN

(CNN) -- The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is recommending residents avoid swimming and surfing at multiple ocean beaches because of sewage discharge.

Closure signs have been posted at RAT (Right After Torrance/Redondo) Beach in the southernmost section of Torrance Beach, and that closure will remain in effect until bacterial levels meet health standards, the department said in a release.

The closed beach is about 30 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles.

The department also issued warnings to swimmers at Santa Monica Pier, Redondo Beach Pier and Mother's Beach in Marina Del Rey due to bacterial levels that exceed health standards. Those areas are still open.

The warning means that "bacteria levels in the beach water may cause illness, and local health officers are recommending to the public to stay out of the water in areas where the signs are visible," according to the State Water Resources Control Board.

The news comes as a prolonged record-setting heat wave continues to swelter the Golden State.

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