Kitsap Public Health District today closed the Manchester waterfront to swimming and other water recreation due to a sewage spill.
The closure impacts Pomeroy Park and Manchester’s public dock through the weekend.
A Kitsap County-managed sewer line at the end of East Daniels Loop was found to have spilled between 15,000 and 20,000 of sewage before the problem was corrected.
Warning signs have been posted in the area and at Pomeroy, a park managed by the Port of Manchester.
Shellfish harvesting is already closed in the area.
According to the state Department of Ecology, contact with fecal-contaminated waters can result in gastroenteritis, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Children and the elderly may be more vulnerable to waterborne illnesses.
Photo: Pomeroy Park in Manchester. Meegan M. Reid/Kitsap Sun