Category: Waterborne Pathogens

Current Conditions

2020 Advisories Farmington Pond North Fork Virgin River The Division of Water Quality (DWQ) routinely monitors priority lakes, reservoirs, and streams for E. coli as part of its statewide water-quality assessment process. Local health departments (LHD) also monitor priority waterbodies in their jurisdiction, particularly high recreation areas, and submit the sampling results to DWQ. The …

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Waterborne Pathogens

Take Time Before Play Time It isn’t possible to tell if the water is contaminated by waterborne pathogens just by looking at it. Recreators can protect themselves and their families while enjoying Utah’s waters by following these simple steps: Check water conditions on DEQ’s Recreational Advisory Map before leaving home. Follow recommendations on posted health …

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2010 – 2016 E. coli Advisories

Utah Lake – Lindon Marina 2016 Clinton Pond, 2015 An E. coli advisory was issued by Davis County Health Department for Clinton City Pond on May 22, 2015 following 2 consecutive samples over the maximum E. coli criteria for waters with a 2B beneficial use. Signs were posted at the site and remained in place …

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Utah Lake E. coli Event 2018

Sandy Beach Sampling Data Update August 6, 2018 E. coliadvisory remains in place at Sandy Beach on Utah Lake Division of Water Quality (DWQ) crews collected E. coli samples at Sandy Beach on August 3, 2018. Concentrations from two out of the three samples exceeded the maximum E. coliconcentrations for Class 2A beneficial use. A …

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Syracuse Pond, Syracuse: E. coli Event 2018

Update November 11, 2018 Sampling conducted over two weeks per Division of Water Quality (DWQ) Standard Operating Procedures (1 MB) were below than the Maximum Probable Number Values (MPN) values, so the advisory has been lifted. Update August 31, 2018 Davis County Health Department (DCHD) posted E. coli Advisories at three waterbodies in Davis County …

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Steed Pond, Clearfield E. coli Event 2018

Update November 11, 2018 Sampling conducted over two weeks per Division of Water Quality (DWQ) Standard Operating Procedures (1 MB) were greater than the Maximum Probable Number Values (MPN) values, so the advisory remains in place. Sampling has concluded for the 2018 monitoring season. Update October 1, 2018 Davis County Health Department posted an E. …

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Maybey Pond, Clearfield E. coli Event 2018

Update November 11, 2018 Sampling conducted over two weeks per Division of Water Quality (DWQ) Standard Operating Procedures (1 MB) were greater than the Maximum Probable Number Values (MPN) values, so the advisory remains in place. Sampling has concluded for the 2018 monitoring season. Update August 31, 2018 Davis County Health Department (DCHD) posted E. …

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Clinton City Pond, Clinton: E. coli Event 2018

Update November 11, 2018 Sampling conducted over two weeks per Division of Water Quality (DWQ) Standard Operating Procedures (1 MB) were below than the Maximum Probable Number Values (MPN) values, so the advisory has been lifted. Update August 31, 2018 Davis County Health Department (DCHD) posted E. coli Advisories at three waterbodies in Davis County …

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Utah Lake E. coli Event 2017

Utah Lake E. coli Sampling Data (June 8, 2016 – Present) Sandy Beach Update: November 6, 2017 The Sandy Beach advisory remained in place until the end of the routine sampling season (May 1 – October 31) at which time the Utah County Health Department removed advisory signs. DWQ will continue to investigate sources of …

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Syracuse Pond E. coli Event 2017

Davis County Health Department issued an E. coli related advisory on July 26, 2017 for Syracuse Pond located in Syracuse, Utah. Davis County Health Department continued to monitor E. coli concentrations throughout the summer, and removed the advisory on October 16, 2017. The advisory was removed following 5 consecutive samples that met water quality standards. …

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North Fork Virgin River E. coli Event 2017

Update November 6, 2017 The advisory remains in place for the North Fork Virgin River. Results from the 2016 and 2017 sampling season indicate that water quality is improving on the North Fork Virgin River. However, the National Park Service continues to educate backcountry visitors about the possible health risks associated with water contaminated by …

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Clinton Pond E. coli Event 2017

Davis County Health Department issued an E. coli related advisory on July 7, 2017 for Clinton Pond located in Clinton, Utah. Davis County Health Department monitored E. coli concentrations at Clinton Pond throughout the summer, and removed the advisory on October 16, 2017. The advisory was removed following 5 consecutive samples that met water quality …

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E. coli Frequently Asked Questions

What is my risk if there is an advisory? Most strains of E. coli are not dangerous to people. However, some can cause illness such as diarrhea, urinary tract infections, and other infections. Some infections are very mild, but others are severe or even life-threatening. More information on the health effects of E. coli can …

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E. coli Monitoring in Utah’s Waters

Each recreation season from May through October, DWQ and cooperating agencies routinely monitor for E. coli around the state as part of many different water quality programs including, TMDL development, targeted watershed monitoring, recreational monitoring, and non-point source projects. Rivers and streams are sampled following a targeted rotating basin schedule. Each year, DWQ works with …

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Recreation:
E. coli Monitoring in Utah’s Waters

How can I reduce my risk of E. coli exposure? To reduce potential health risks, you should assume all surface waters contain some E. coli whether or not it has been monitored or an advisory has been issued. In addition, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself while recreating in Utah’s waters. …

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Resources:
E. coli Monitoring in Utah’s Waters

General Information and Health Effects(CDC) Monitoring Fecal Bacteria (EPA) Fact Sheet (WHO) Recreational Water Quality Criteria Fact Sheet (EPA) DWQ E. coli Sample Collection and Analysis Standard Operating Procedure (1 MB) Utah Water Quality Standards (R317-2) DWQ Health Advisory Flow Chart (47 KB) Guidance 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria Document (EPA) Review of published studies …

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