1 site failed ENC Swim Guide standards this week

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WITN) -More than 50 recreational sites are checked weekly by Sound Rivers volunteers, and one failed this week.

According to Sound Rivers program director, Clay Barber, the site that failed the test this week was Slocum Creek in Havelock.

“A Swim Guide fail means elevated levels of fecal bacteria in the water, which can come with increased risk of gastrointestinal illness and skin infections for pets and humans alike,” said Barber.

Swim Guide is an international water-quality program conducted locally by Sound Rivers to keep North Carolina’s waterways fishable, swimmable, and drinkable.

Sound Rivers’ staff test samples for E. coli in fresh water and enterococci in salt water and pass/fail results are released to the public, providing an easy way to find out where it’s safe to swim.

For more information on Sound Rivers and the Swim Guide program, visit here.