DHEC issues swim advisory for Saluda River after high bacteria count

(Source: Congaree Riverkeeper Twitter account)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - An official swim advisory has been issued for the Saluda River area after bacteria counts came back at almost three times the state limit.

According to a statement issued on the Congaree Riverkeeper Twitter account, levels were tested around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night. The results came back Sunday afternoon; the bacteria count was 980.4, with the state limit being 349.

The update included a picture of the upset that caused the increased bacteria count.

The advisory comes after a water quality alert was issued on Saturday near Saluda Shoals Park due to unsafe water conditions.

Monday evening, DHEC posted from their official Twitter account, saying the condition have improved. As a precaution, the advisory will remain in place.

According to the Congaree Riverkeeper Facebook Page, the Friarsgate Wastewater Treatment Plant reported an upset on Friday evening. The discharge was contained, but the water quality near Saluda Shoals Park may be unfit for recreational activities.

Congaree Riverkeeper Bill Stangler says a water test showed high bacteria levels, which prompted the alert.

He also says swimmers should exercise caution in the Congaree River as well. DHEC is watching the situation closely.

This is the third incident for that CWS plant in the past year. A similar issue came up last summer.

Updates on the conditions and the test can be seen on the Facebook page, as well as the Congaree Riverkeeper Twitter account. The My SC River account is also posting information.

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