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To help protect your family from recreational water illnesses, follow these healthy swimming tips:
Recreational waters, such as lakes and rivers, are popular destinations for Ozarks residents in the summer. The water in these swimming areas can contain harmful bacteria that can make swimmers sick.
From 2008-2019, we partnered with the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks to test water from five stream and river locations in Greene County for the presence of coliform bacteria (E. coli).
We use the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) water quality criteria for monitoring bacteria, which states that no single water sample should have an E. coli count that exceeds 235 CFUs (colony forming units) per 100 ml of water.