UPDATE (3:30 p.m. on 7/22) – The swimming advisory for the east end of Dauphin Island has been lifted. According to the Mobile County Health Department, recent water samples indicate bacteria values are back below the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) threshold of 104 enterococcus organisms per 100 milliliters for marine water.
ORIGINAL STORY – The Mobile County Health Department issued an advisory to the public that the water quality is poor on the east end of Dauphin Island.
They warn that swimming in the water might lead to an increased risk of illness.
Recent samples of the water show that bacteria levels are above the acceptable level. The Health Department will continue to assess the water quality and when it falls below the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) threshold, they will lift the advisory.
According to the Health Department, bacterial concentrations can increase in recreational waters after rainstorms because of sewer overflow.
The analyzed samples check for enterococci bacteria. High levels of enterococci bacteria indicate that other disease-causing germs could be present in the water.