Mayor Jerry Sanders this afternoon described the Mission Bay sewage spill as “a very confusing mystery with many twists and turns.”

Sanders and other city officials gathered on the waterfront at De Anza Cove this afternoon to say that the mystery source of the contamination plaguing the popular summertime recreation area is still unknown.

“There may be in fact multiple sources that are contributing to this problem; we simply don’t know,” Sanders said.

Two sites along East Mission Bay – Tecolote Shores and De Anza Cove – tested clean twice over the past two days and are now set to reopen. Various other sites have tested clean once, Sanders said, and could be opened as early as tomorrow afternoon if they test clean again in the morning.

Eleven areas remain closed.

The mayor reminded citizens of the consistent source of contaminants in San Diego’s beaches and bays: sewage.

“Whatever you put into your gutters, whatever you put into the storm water systems always comes down to the bay,” he said. “That’s one of the things that we can’t isolate at this point.”

On Tuesday, it was announced that it was possible that sewage had been leaking into the bay since July 5.


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