What would be the consequences of a pipeline failure?
If the SARI should fail, raw sewage and industrial waste will spill into the Santa Ana River, polluting the river, adversely impacting the riparian habitat and, eventually, the beaches near the mouth of the river in Huntington Beach and Newport Beach. The county's water recharge basins, which are adjacent to the Santa Ana River in Anaheim, would also be at risk of contamination. In addition, a break in the line would allow sand and large debris to enter the pipe and travel through the sewer system to the Sanitation District sewage treatment plant. This debris, if allowed to enter the plant, will damage the treatment facilities.
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