Why Sewage Flooded the Bay

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A woman walks past a mudslide and a stream of water flowing down Bernal Heights in San Francisco on Jan. 10, 2023. (Beth LaBerge/KQED News)

An estimated 62 million gallons of sewage — or about 94 Olympic-sized swimming pools — spilled into the San Francisco Bay during the storms in late December and January. 

Those storms are now behind us, and officials say the water is now safe. But now is actually the perfect time to unpack what went wrong with our sewage system, and how we can better prepare our infrastructure for the next big storm.

Guest: Lesley McClurg, KQED health correspondent