Water quality swimming alert lifted for sound-side site in Carteret County

Morehead City, NC

State recreational water quality officials today lifted a water quality swimming alert at a sound-side site in Carteret County.

Subsequent sampling of the site shows that bacteria levels have dropped below the state’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s standards set for swimming and water play.

The alert was for waters at the Junior Sailing Camp in Taylor Creek at 2452 Lennoxville Road, Beaufort. Water samples taken Tuesday exceeded the single-sample maximum standard of 104 enterococci per 100 milliliters of water for a Tier 1 high-usage site. Subsequent testing of water samples taken Wednesday showed the bacteria level at 10 enterococci per 100 milliliters.

Enterococcus, the organism used for testing, is found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals. While it does not cause illness itself, scientific studies indicate that its presence is closely correlated to the presence of other disease-causing organisms. People swimming or playing in waters with bacteria levels higher than the standards have an increased risk of developing a gastrointestinal illness.

Coastal recreational waters in North Carolina are generally clean. However, it is important to continue monitoring them, so the public can be informed of any localized problems. The N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program samples 204 sites in coastal waters of the state, most of them on a weekly basis from April through October.

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

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