The dog days of Summer are here and it’s hot, but people are looking for places to cool off.
6 upstate counties have active swimming advisories.
One hot spot for taking a dip is Falls Park in Greenville County and that’s where the Department of Health and Environmental Control says there are elevated bacteria levels in the Reedy River.
Suzanne Lutz of Taylors says she walks the Falls in downtown Greenville often and sees these bacteria caution signs.
“I’ve always seen little kids going down in there and playing in it, some of them just get their feet wet, but then I kind of worry about it whenever they actually go under water and their actually out swimming in it,” said Lutz.
The web site for more information about the bacteria is listed right here on the sign.
So I typed it into a web browser.
I then called DHEC’s 1-800 number.
DHEC says the conditions aren’t bad enough to close any of the swimming locations.
“I think it’s important for people to be safe and if it means having signs in multiple places for them to see then it’s important,” said Lutz.
Test results from the department for health and environmental control show there is too much fecal coliform bacteria in the Reedy … a group of bacteria that can cause ear and gi tract infections as well as vomiting and diarrhea.
That’s why you will see signs in Falls Park cautioning swimmers that jumping in might make you sick.
The City of Greenville says it is working to improve water quality through non-profit organizations, county, state, and federal officials.
Millions of dollars are being spent rehabilitating the outdated sewer system that leaks fecal coliform into the River.
Experts say that feeding the animals along the River isn’t helping the bacteria problem.
Click on this link to see the active swimming advisories for upstate SC.
You can click this link to see the land development regulations for new buildings in the City of Greenville.