Water quality swimming alert lifted for site in Southport

Water quality swimming alert lifted for site in Southport
A generic image of Enterococci bacteria. (Source: CDC)

SOUTHPORT, N.C. (WECT) - State officials on Thursday lifted a water quality swimming alert for a sound-side site in Brunswick County after testing showed elevated levels of bacteria.

The alert was for waters along the Cape Fear River at the public beach area adjacent to the municipal pier at the end of South Davis Street in Southport.

Test results of samples collected on Tuesday showed bacteria levels of 306 enterococci per 100 milliliters of water, which exceeds the state and federal single-sample standard of 104 enterococci per 100 milliliters for Tier 2 low-usage sites. Swimming areas are classified based on recreational use and are referred to as tiers.

Subsequent sampling of the site shows that bacteria levels have dropped below the state’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s standards set for swimming and water play.

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