Water Quality Monitoring Results
CWC periodically collects water samples to test for enteric bacteria at 3 locations within the Indian River Lagoon where citizens have contact with the water. Enteric bacteria normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals. The presence of enteric bacteria can indicate fecal pollution, which may come from stormwater runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage. If present in high concentrations in recreational waters and if ingested or enter the skin through a cut or sore, enteric bacteria may cause human disease, infections or rashes.
A single rating of high enteric bacteria count may be caused by naturally varying conditions . A recurring high count may indicate a more serious problem that could warrant attention by County Health Officials and Government Decision Makers.
This data is for information purposes only - as a “snap-shot” indicator of water quality. Any limitations of the recreational use of these waters is deferred to local government.