What is E. coli?

E. coli bacteria live in the digestive systems of humans and other warm-blooded animals. Therefore, they are found in sewage and other wastewater. Most strains are not dangerous, but they can indicate the presence of other disease-causing bacteria.

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1. What is E. coli?
2. What are the risks associated with bacteria in the water?
3. How are the beaches sampled?
4. Why was an advisory posted at the beach?
5. How long will the beach have the advisory posted?
6. When will it be safe to swim again?
7. How do bacteria get in the water?
8. How do I know if it is safe to swim?