No-contact advisory issued for Sinclair Inlet

A 1,000-gallon untreated sewage spill was reported by Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

BREMERTON — A no-contact advisory was issued for Sinclair Inlet today after 1,000 gallons of untreated sewage was reported by Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

The public health advisory was posted Feb. 16 by the Kitsap Public Health District. The advisory is in effect through Friday, Feb. 16. The spill reportedly took place between 1 p.m. on Feb. 11 and 5 a.m. Feb. 12.

The no-contact advisory includes the Bremerton and Port Orchard waterfront areas.

During a no-contact advisory, said Karen McKay Bevers, spokeswoman for the district, individuals are advised to avoid contact with water from Sinclair Inlet in the affected area. The district recommends against swimming, wading or kinds of water recreation and play where water could be swallowed or get into the mouth, nose or eyes.

People also should avoid direct skin contact with the water if possible, Bevers said. Those who have been exposed to the affected water are advised to immediately wash with soap and clean water, she added.

Bevers said that signs are being posted at public access points along Sinclair Inlet.

As a reminder, the inlet is closed to commercial and recreational shellfish harvesting year-round due to pollution.