Septic Tank Failure Forces Lake Isabella DMV Office To Close

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August 4, 2011

Precautionary Measure to Ensure Safety of Customers and Employees

Sacramento – Protecting customer and employee safety is the reason the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) decided to temporarily close its Lake Isabella office today after sewage from a septic tank spewed into an isolated area of the facility at 5520 Lake Isabella Boulevard. 

DMV officials said the over-flow was caused by a valve failure in the septic tank system that happened at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 29, 2011. The sewage flowed out of the bathroom, seeped through the wall, which soaked the carpet and damaged furniture.

Crews worked tirelessly throughout the weekend to clean and sanitize the contaminated area in time for the office to re-open on Monday.  However, further testing revealed the presence of additional waste bacteria, so the decision was made to shut down operations as a precautionary measure.

It is estimated the office will remain closed through August 26, while additional testing and clean-up is completed. DMV officials said they will work as quickly as possible to order and install new carpet. They also said the modular systems furniture may also need to be dismantled and replaced.

The Lake Isabella facility has 3 full time employees who conduct approximately 2,600 transactions each month.

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