Public Bathing Areas/Swimming Pools
Public Bathing Areas
All public bathing areas are inspected throughout the swimming season. Water samples are collected from each area once per week for swimming water quality testing and monitoring. Results are available to the public.
The Bathing Water Program at Eastern Highlands Health District tests the E. coli level in the water at 20 different bathing sites in the ten towns to assure that these areas are safe to swim in. The samples are taken once per week from mid-May through the end of August. The Commissioner of Health Services has established that concentrations of the E. coli indicator organism less than or equal to 235 per 100 milliliters of water is generally considered satisfactory for a single sample from a bathing area. A single sample with a concentration of this organism greater than 235 per 100 milliliters of water is in excess of that which is normally considered acceptable for bathing and a resample is required. If the resample comes back high, the beach will be shut down until the levels return to normal. Factors that may influence the growth of this organism include large populations of waterfowl, the number of bathers, and the amount of rainfall received at the time of testing.
Public Swimming Pools
Other Resources for Water Quality