WASHINGTON, N.C.(WNCT)- Swimming in water infested with bacteria can cause serious health problems if a person is exposed for long periods of time. Bacteria can originate from a number of different sources like feces, from water fowl, to storm water. North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources checks the state’s waterways for bacteria each month. The water is retrieved and then taken to a lab for testing. If experts see the liquid has too much bacteria an advisory is issued.
David May, water quality operations supervisor, said, “bacteria are short lived organisms, once they are outside of their natural environment, and that once the source has been addressed often times bacteria levels will recede back down to, normal safer levels.”
Swimming pools are always an alternative option if natural waterways are infested with bacteria.