Water Quality Swimming Advisory Lifted for East Martin Street Public Beach Access at KDH

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State recreational water quality officials today lifted a swimming water quality advisory at an oceanfront site in Dare County.

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The advisory was lifted because water tests show bacteria levels have fallen below state and Environmental Protection Agency standards set for swimming and water play .

The notice was posted on August 24 for a public beach access area on East Martin Street in Kill Devil Hills.

This site showed a monthly average of bacterial enterococci above the EPA-mandated level of 35 enterococci per 100 milliliters of water, the standard for high-use sites. Subsequent testing of water samples taken from this site revealed that bacteria levels fell below this standard. The sign advising against swimming, skiing or coming into contact with water has been removed.

Enterococci, the group of bacteria used for testing, are found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals. Although not known to cause disease, scientific studies show that enterococci can indicate the presence of other disease-causing organisms. People who swim or play in waters with above-standard levels of bacteria have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illnesses or skin infections.

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North Carolina coastal recreational waters are generally clean. However, it is important to continue to monitor them and notify the public of any localized issues. North Carolina’s Recreational Water Quality Program samples 215 sites in the state’s coastal waters, most of them weekly from April through October.

For more information on the North Carolina Recreational Water Quality Program or to view a map of testing sites, visit the program websiteand follow them program Twitter feed.

This story originally appeared on OBXToday.com. Read more local stories here.

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