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Bacteria in Water

Clarksville...
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Bacteria in Water

I am seeing all kings of articles on Facebook about a "No Swim Advisory" for the Myrtle Beach area due to bacteria in the water caused by a sewer line leaking into the water. Does anyone know if this is true or not? If so, what are they doing to correct the situation and how long are they expecting it to last? We are vacationing there in June and hope there is not truth to this or it is cleaned up by then.

Thanks

Troutman, North...
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1. Re: Bacteria in Water

This is somewhat true. There hasn't been an oil spill, but it's bacteria that can cause common stomach bug symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea,etc. here is the article

myrtlebeachsc.com/health-department-changes-…

While it is not banned from anyone swimming it is advised and this is only in Myrtle Beach City Limits. It is expected to stay this way as directed by the Health Department.

Charleston, SC
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2. Re: Bacteria in Water

The story is true. The site MyrtleBeachSC.com links right out to the State of South Carolina Department of Health website. DHEC. They also put up a DHEC help desk number for tourists to call.

Myrtle Beach
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3. Re: Bacteria in Water

This story is 100% true. There was no oil spill. The high bacteria levels have come from run off inside the city of Myrtle Beach. You can see the story here. They do confirm the high bacteria levels with the State of South Carolina's DHEC. Department of Health and Environmental Control, a government reporting agency. myrtlebeachsc.com/health-department-changes-…

Edited: 07 March 2016, 04:17
Myrtle Beach
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4. Re: Bacteria in Water

For the STATE OF SC GOVERNMENT WEBSITE INFO: http://www.scdhec.gov/Agency/HelpDesk/

To see the SC State Advisory Map: http://gis.dhec.sc.gov/beachaccess/

Edited: 07 March 2016, 04:24
Myrtle Beach
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5. Re: Bacteria in Water

The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control has now given its "OFFICIAL WORD" on the 2016 Myrtle Beach NO SWIM advisory: myrtlebeachsc.com/while-officials-remain-sil…

Myrtle Beach
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6. Re: Bacteria in Water

Attention TripAvisor readers: This group VISITMYRTLEBEACHSOUTHCAROLINA.com is intentionally putting out misleading information about the NO SWIM ADVISORY: myrtlebeachsc.com/myrtle-beach-chamber-misle…

Myrtle Beach, South...
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7. Re: Bacteria in Water

This information is NOT correct. Myrtle Beach is NOT under "no swimming" conditions. The beach and ocean water are open and in great shape. Swimming is not restricted (although the ocean may be a little cool in March). We cannot explain why the site in question persists in misinforming the public and misrepresenting the information. The city did have a minor sewer leak at one location two weeks ago, but it was quickly caught and fixed the same day. Follow-up ocean water quality tests were excellent at that location. Again, what you are seeing on social media about Myrtle Beach's water quality is not accurate.

Thanks,

Mark Kruea

Public Information Officer

City of Myrtle Beach

Bethpage NY
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8. Re: Bacteria in Water

I am glad to hear this but if true, it seems like people are trying to harm tourism. If untrue this thread should be removed.

Clarksville...
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9. Re: Bacteria in Water

Thank you for the info.

Clarksville...
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10. Re: Bacteria in Water

Thanks for the info.