With the heat and humidity this summer, you may hear a call from Mother Nature from the beach. But before you set foot in the water, take a close look at the safety of the water at local beaches for swimming.
Some beaches at Lake McBride, George Wyth, and Back Bone State Park have higher reported levels of E.Coli.
The Iowa DNR says most strains of E. Coli aren’t harmful to humans, but if someone has a weaker immune system, the bacteria can make them sick.
So if you are headed out to swim, even in areas where it’s not recommended, the Iowa DNR says:
*Do not drink the lake water
*Avoid swimming after heavy rainfall
*Keep children and pets away from the water
*Keep those who are sick or with weaken immune system away from the water.
The DNR says it’s hard to know where the E.Coli in each body of water comes from, but human sewage or animal waste contamination have all been linked to E.Coli found in lakes and on beaches.