State leaders say current water tests endanger Monmouth County swimmers
(08/03/06) DEAL ? Some state leaders fear outdated water testing methods could lead to beachgoers unknowingly risking their health for a swim in the ocean.
Beaches in Monmouth County often close due to high bacteria levels in the water. However, tests on the water take about two days to complete. During that gap, residents may not have a clue they are swimming in bacteria-filled water. Consequences of such action could lead to ear infections, throat infections, nausea and stomach disorders.
State leaders such as Rep. Frank Pallone (D-New Jersey) say updated testing methods are needed to quickly close beaches if necessary. In the meantime, swimmers are urged to stay out of the water after heavy rainfall. That time period often leads to increased bacteria levels due to outflow pipes that drain into the ocean.
Related information: Clean Ocean Action