The dredging firm that caused a sewage spill off Balboa Island last summer will reimburse the City of Newport Beach $25,000 for expenses in making repairs, according to a city memo.
The Aug. 15 incident occurred when a crane working on a dredging project accidentally pulled up a section of the Balboa Island sewer force main while working about 100 yards away from the Balboa Yacht Club. The accident caused 2,800 gallons of sewage to spill, closing a section of the bay. Newport Beach vactor trucks, along with additional trucks from Costa Mesa, the Irvine Ranch Water District and the Orange County Sanitation District, were used to manually move waste from a station on Balboa Island to another facility on Bayside Drive so that Balboa Island residents’ would have uninterrupted service; read our stories here, here and here.
“The repairs were made to the line in a cooperative effort between the City and the dredging firm,” the city memo states. “Divers spent several days replacing the section of underwater sewer main that was damaged. The Wastewater Crew supplied the necessary parts to get the line back in service as soon as possible.”