High levels of fecal bacteria reported along Texas coast. Bacteria levels are tested each week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and bacteria levels fluctuate, officials said.
On Saturday, a handful of test samples obtained from the water off of Galveston Island revealed high levels of fecal bacteria.
Galveston County Health Department officials say this is not unusual.
County health officials say the bacteria is the same bacteria present in the “guts of mammals” and does not necessarily mean there are feces in the water.
Officials say the bacteria can come for a variety of sources, including sewage, septic tanks, birds, humans and others.
according to Texas Beach Watch is a program under the Texas General Land Office that monitors the water levels all along the Texas coast.
According to Texas Beach Watch, right now there are high levels of fecal bacteria around bay beaches in Corpus Christi and Galveston.
General Land Office press secretary Brittany Eck said that high levels of fecal bacteria is normal if it has been raining.
With the high levels of fecal bacteria, water contact is discouraged, but the public can still use a beach, as long as local authorities have not closed the beach.
Texas Beach Watch will be testing the waters daily until the levels go down.
according to A number of locations continue to test high for fecal bacteria along the Corpus Christi bayfront, according to reports from Texas Beach Watch.
Sites along the Corpus Christi bayfront continue to test high for fecal bacteria.
Experts advise that high levels of fecal bacteria can cause illness, particularly for those with weakened immune systems or other risk factors such as age.
Along the Corpus Christi bayfront, recent reports show three locations under “high” advisory, showing bacterial levels greater than 104cfu/100ml (colony forming units per 100ml of water).
Texas General Land Office’s Beach Watch division tests coastal waters across the state for signs of enterococcus (fecal) bacteria.
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