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Sept. 28, 2011

DHEC places two sections of Edisto Island under swimming advisory

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Two small sections of Edisto Island have been placed under a swimming advisory, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today.

"The affected area includes 200 feet above and below the beach access at Ebbtide Street and 200 feet above and below the end of Yacht Club Road," said David Payne of DHEC's Region 8 Environmental Quality Control office, which serves Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties. "High bacteria levels have been detected in this section of the beach, and swimming is not advised until bacteria levels return to normal."

According to Payne, it is safe to wade, collect shells and fish within the swimming advisory area.

"To guard against the possibility of swallowing the water, it's best if people don't put their head under water," Payne said. "People with open cuts or other wounds should also avoid contact with the water."

For more information about beach water quality, call DHEC's Region 8 EQC office at (843) 846-1030 or visit DHEC's beach monitoring webpage at:


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