The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has issued an advisory against swimming and other direct water contact at South River Heights in Riva, Maryland, due to high bacteria levels found in water samples collected June 12 and June 18. The beach, located on the South River, is tested biweekly during the summer as part of the Department’s recreational water quality sampling program. The advisory
will remain in effect until water samples show bacterial levels to be acceptable.
The Department of Health has posted advisory signs in the affected area. The Department advises people who have come in contact with the
affected water to wash well with soap and warm water immediately. Clothing should also be washed.
Many factors, such as waterfowl, rainfall, water temperature and tidal action, can cause high bacteria readings.
For more information on the status of the advisory, visit the Department’s website, www.aahealth.org, or call the Water Quality Line, 410-222-7999. Subscribers to the Department’s Recreational Water Quality E-mail Alert System will receive e-mail notifying them when the advisory is lifted. To sign up for the free e-alert system, visit www.aahealth.org/recwateralert
Alerts can also be received via text messages on cell phones and PDAs by following the Department on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aahealth_water