Warm water leads to increased bacterial levels in parts of the Lowcountry

Charleston County News

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The record hot temperatures are causing more harm than meets the eye.

According to Charleston Waterkeeper, swimming and other water-based activities are not recommended in upper James Island Creek, upper Shem Creek and the Ashley River near Brittlebank Park.

Charleston Waterkeeper is an organization whose mission is to protect Charleston’s waterways “while creating a more engaged public through education, outreach, and celebration of our collective right to clean water.”

The warm water allows for bacteria to thrive which leads to unsafe water conditions. It’s also important to make sure you pick up after your dogs and get your septic tank inspected.

“South Carolina lakes, rivers, streams and coast are great places to cool off, but there is always a potential risk when swimming in natural water bodies. Natural waters are not sterile environments, and the presence of harmful bacteria, viruses and other organisms that can cause illness is always a possibility,” says DHEC Public Information Director Laura Renwick.

DHEC encourages everyone who swims in natural water to:

· Follow swimming advisory signs

· Don’t go swimming, rafting, tubing or kayaking during a storm or right after rainfall

· Avoid swallowing river, stream, lake, or ocean water

· Avoid swimming in still, warm, bright green, or muddy water

· Don’t swim if you have deep cuts or open wounds

· Hold your nose if jumping or diving into natural water, or use a nose plug

· Don’t swim or play in swashes or near stormwater pipes

· Avoid digging or stirring up sediment in warm, fresh waters

In this below release, is a link to what more people can do to help keep local waterways clean.


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