3 May 2012

Watch Where You Swim

Posted by Jody under: Cleaning Tips .

Your favorite beach may be contaminated by runoff from a nearby storm drain. That information comes from a study done at the University of Southern California.

Researchers evaluated the distance from storm drains to swimming areas, and then they measured bacteria levels.

If the drain was 400 yards or closer, it doubled the risk of a swimmer’s exposure to bacteria.

In the study, 60 percent of the people who swam close to storm drains had intestinal problems.

What’s your best bet?

The farther you are from a drainpipe, the better — especially after a storm.

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