Swimming advisory in Washington

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT)-  An advisory against swimming was posted Wednesday at a sound-side site in Beaufort County, where state recreational water quality officials found bacteria levels in the water that exceed the state’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s recreational water quality standards.

 

The advisory affects the Ragged Point swim area in the Pamlico River near Washington. Test results indicate a running monthly average of 36 enterococci per 100 milliliters of water. This exceeds the state and federal standards of a running monthly average of 35 enterococci per 100 milliliters, based on five samples taken within a 30-day period.

 

Enterococci, the name for the group of bacteria used for testing, is found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals. While the bacteria group’s presence does not cause illness itself, scientific studies indicate that the presence of enterococci is closely correlated to the presence of other organisms that may cause illness. People swimming or playing in waters with bacteria levels higher than the standards have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illness or skin infections.

 

This advisory is not a beach closing, nor does the advisory affect the entire Pamlico River area.

 

Recreational water quality officials sample 204 sites throughout the coastal region, most of them on a weekly basis, from April to October. Testing continues on a reduced schedule during the rest of the year, when fewer people are in the water.

 

For more information on the N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program, visit the program’s website at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/recreational-water-quality or on Twitter.com @ncrecprgm.

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