Heavy rains cause wastewater overflow in Carlsbad
On the morning of February 28, 2017, Vallecitos experienced a wastewater overflow near Carillo Way and Melrose Drive in Carlsbad. The cause of the overflow was a broken 16-inch gravity fed wastewater line, which is believed to have failed due to excessive flows from the recent storm which released 3.24 inches of rain in Carlsbad.
Vallecitos crews arrived on site and immediately worked to repair the pipe and divert the wastewater to a nearby wastewater manhole. The use of portable pumps and strategically placed sandbags helped to reduce the amount of wastewater that flowed to an adjacent seasonal creek.
No Vallecitos customers were affected by this incident. The proper agencies have been notified by the District. Vallecitos crews have posted signs from the spill site at the creek to the beach in Carlsbad, where the Batiquitos Lagoon releases to the ocean and where human contact may be possible.