The City of Bainbridge Island just sent out this press release:
City officials have reported a major sewer spill in Eagle Harbor as a result of a break in the Highway 305 South sewer force main located in the vicinity of 1220 Donald Place, Bainbridge Island. Sewer plant staff received an alert early this morning for an unrelated incident and noticed remarkably low flows at the plant. Upon further investigation, it was determined that sewage was not reaching the plant, indicating a likely force main break. Crews confirmed the force main break around 3:30 p.m. today.
City personnel are currently preparing to attempt an emergency repair during the next low tide window, which is expected around 9:30 p.m. this evening. At this time, City officials do not have an estimate of the volume of sewage spilled into Eagle Harbor. However, public beaches have been closed to wading, swimming or shellfish harvesting as a precautionary measure.
The break is in a 40-year old cast iron pipe within a saltwater environment. This pipe has had a previous break and the City has a replacement project under design for construction in 2014.
Read the Kitsap Sun’s article about it here.