How do bacteria get in the water?

There are a variety of sources that contribute bacteria to our surface waters. These include:

  • Illicit waste connections to storm sewers or roadside ditches
  • Malfunctioning septic systems
  • Combined and sanitary sewer overflows
  • Storm (rain) runoff
  • Wild and domestic animal waste (especially goose droppings)
  • Agricultural runoff

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1. What is E. coli?
2. What are the risks associated with bacteria in the water?
3. How are the beaches sampled?
4. Why was an advisory posted at the beach?
5. How long will the beach have the advisory posted?
6. When will it be safe to swim again?
7. How do bacteria get in the water?
8. How do I know if it is safe to swim?