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Dangerous bacteria levels found in Charleston-area swimming areas


The Department of Health and Environmental Control is investigating some Charleston area water systems after high levels of fecal bacteria were found in swimming spots.

Shem Creek, Ellis Creek, and the Ashley River near Brittlebank Park showed high levels of fecal matter found in the water and it's recommended you stay out of it, according to the Charleston Waterkeepers latest Water Report.

According to South Carolina's water quality standard for water-based recreational activity, swimming is not recommended in water containing bacteria counts of 104 MPN/100mL or higher.

"There's nothing I would like more than get on a paddle board or on a kayak and paddle away and enjoy the day but I've always been hesitant," said Nicole Bevino who frequently visits Shem Creek.

A portion of Ellis Creek showed a reading of 345, according to the Charleston Waterkeepers website.

A question some locals asked, is if the people in the water know how dangerous the water is.

"It's a lot of tourists who come here and I hate to turn down the tourist businesses here and the local businesses who rely on the hose paddle boarders or kayakers but no I don't think they know or are told," said Charleston resident Avery Edwards. "I hope they can do something to treat it and get it back to a healthy level because this is the heart of Mt. Pleasant." 

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