No-contact advisory for Sinclair Inlet and Port Washington Narrows waters

The public is advised to avoid contact with water in the area

PORT ORCHARD — Kitsap Public Health District has issued a no-contact advisory for Sinclair Inlet and Port Washington Narrows following a sewage spill Jan. 23 that was reported by Bremerton Public Works.

The spill involved approximately 82,400 gallons of sewage, according to the agency.

During a no-contact advisory, the public is advised to avoid contact with water in the affected area, which runs from Gorst in the southeast and northeast to Tracyton.

The health district is recommending people in the vicinity not to swim, wade or engage in other forms of water recreation that could cause water to be swallowed or be ingested into the mouth, nose or eyes. People should also avoid direct skin contact if possible, said district spokesman Tad Sooter. If exposed, they should immediately wash with soap and clean water.

The public also is advised to not harvest shellfish in the affected area during the advisory.

An ongoing advisory remains in effect for all Kitsap County lakes, which alerts users to cercarial dermatitis, more commonly known as “swimmer’s itch,” caused by an allergic reaction to a parasite.

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