Just in time for the peak tourism months, dirty water is back along the South Carolina coast …
According to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), swim advisories have been issued for ten different locations in Horry County, S.C. due to “high bacteria levels.”
“Swimming is not advised until bacteria levels return to normal,” the agency warned.
Those areas are …
- 16th Avenue North in North Myrtle Beach
- 53rd Avenue North in Myrtle Beach
- 34th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach
- 15th Avenue South in Myrtle Beach
- 23rd Avenue South in Myrtle Beach
- Nash Drive in Horry County
- Outfall in Myrtle Beach State Park in Horry County
- 16th Avenue North in Surfside Beach
- 11th Avenue North in Surfside Beach
- 3rd Avenue South in Surfside Beach
“It is safe to wade, collect shells and fish within the swimming advisory area,” the agency noted. “To guard against the possibility of swallowing the water, it’s best to keep your head up and out of the water. People with open cuts or other wounds should also avoid contact with the water.”
Drama over dirty water is nothing new for Myrtle Beach, which has been battling SCDHEC for years over these advisories. Local tourism officials believe the health agency overstates the risks, unnecessarily frightening would-be tourists.
And yes, the stakes are high …
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