CAN WE MAKE OUR WATERWAYS SWIMMABLE ONCE AGAIN?
IS IT SAFE TO GO INTO THE WATER?
Did you know that you can use this SWIM GUIDE App to check waterway quality conditions before you go to the beach or on our waterways?
FOR MORE IN-DEPTH WATER QUAILITY DATA VISIT MIAMI WATERKEEPER WEBSITE - THEY ARE THE SCIENTIST WHO TEST 10 SITES OF OUR FORT LAUDERDALE WATERWAY
Why you want to avoid water sports after severe rains! 70 is the threshold
SIGNAGE IS RECOMENDED BY THE EPA!
Warning - no swimming because of high bacteria levels.
Children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are the most likely populations to develop illnesses or infections after coming into contact with polluted water, usually while swimming. Fortunately, while swimming-related illnesses are unpleasant, they are usually not very serious. They require little or no treatment or get better quickly upon treatment, and they have no long-term health effects.
The most common illness associated with swimming in water polluted by sewage is gastroenteritis. It occurs in a variety of forms that can have one or more of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, stomachache, diarrhea, headache or fever. Other minor illnesses associated with swimming include ear, eye, nose and throat infections. In highly polluted water, swimmers may occasionally be exposed to more serious diseases.
Another potential source of illness includes some types of cyanobacteria that form algal “blooms” (discolored water) and the toxins they produce. When people are exposed to cyanotoxins, they may have hay fever-like symptoms, skin rashes, sore throat, cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or even kidney or liver damage. Pets can be poisoned by drinking or swimming in toxin-contaminated water.