Fecal Bacteria

Fecal bacteria are another pollutant we need to reduce in our waterways. While everyone knows fecal bacteria is bad, they may not know why.  Fecal coliform bacteria can cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinal illnesses, and serious  kidney disorders in humans.

SCDHEC Smart Choices for Healthy SwimmingWhen fecal bacteria is left in our yards from pets or leaching septic systems, rain can wash it into our rivers, lakes and streams, often restricting public access due to the health hazard.

In addition to the health risk associated with the presence of elevated levels of fecal bacteria, it can also cause cloudy water, unpleasant odors, and an increased oxygen demand.

To know where and when you can enjoy South Carolina’s many rivers, lakes and streams, check our SCDHEC’s brochure about Smart Choices for Healthy Swimming .