Thursday, October 3, 2013

Fecal Matters: Update on Swimming Advisory Near Les Davis Pier at Waterfront Dock Park, Tacoma, WA

BEACH Program Update

Today, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department decreased the advisory level near the Les Davis Pier/Waterfront Dock Park on Ruston Way. The Health Department recommends that people avoid swimming or wading during and for 48 hours following, a rain storm. The previous advisory recommended avoiding swimming or wading at anytime. Counts of bacteria found in the water have declined but still pose a health concern during and for 48 hours following a rain storm. Swimming or wading in water with high counts of bacteria increases your risk of getting a gastrointestinal illness. 

Advisory signs have been posted at Waterfront Park near the Les Davis Pier. City of Tacoma and the BEACH Program will continue to monitor bacteria levels at this location.

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