High Bacteria at Four Locations in the South and Rhode Rivers
Water quality testing by the South River Federation and the West/Rhode Riverkeeper‘s offices found a couple of spots with high bacteria counts this week. Swimmers who choose to use the area should exercise caution because high bacteria counts can put swimmers at increased risk for skin infections, ear infections and gastrointestinal disorders (cramping, diarrhea and vomiting). Caution should be taken with seafood obtained from these areas (throw it back).
In the South River, Londontowne Beach Five in Woodland Beach (Almshouse Creek) showed a bacteria count of 1842. A measure of 104 or greater is considered elevated. Pine Whiff Beach (Almshouse Creek) showed a reading of 116.
In the Rhode River, High Island measured 128 and Holly Hills measured 1510.
High bacteria counts can come from pet waste, sewage outflow, animal feces and other sources. If you do come into contact with water at these sites, wash off with warm water and soap. If you develop an infection, seek medical attention.
Here are the numbers from all the sites tested this week:
|Londontowne Beach 5||1842|
|South River Manor||80|
|South River Park||12|
|Quiet Waters Park||8|
|Cloverlea Community Beach||8|
|West River Sailing||8|
|West River Center||20|