Four Cape May County beaches were closed Monday by the New Jersey Department of Health following an issue at the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority.
Beaches at Jefferson, Miami and Hollywood avenues in Wildwood Crest and Hollywood Avenue beach in Diamond Beach, Lower Township, were closed for precautionary measures.
Officials from the MUA discovered on Monday the last of three phases in its wastewater treatment system at the Seven-Mile MUA Station failed to trigger around 3:30 p.m. Sunday until around 7:30 a.m. Monday, a news release from the borough said.
The treated water is funneled through an outfall line that extends one mile into the ocean at Jefferson Avenue.
Ocean water quality testing occurs on Mondays, according to Cape May County Public Health Coordinator Kevin L. Thomas.
The county Department of Health subsequently ordered the closure of the ocean for all areas within a one-mile radius. An additional eight sites were tested with no bacteria reaching the shore, Thomas said.
Water samples collected Monday will tested and the beaches’ status will be updated by 1 1 a.m. Tuesday.
— Lauren Carroll