Category: Waterborne Pathogens

Waterborne Pathogens Monitoring

The primary objective of the Division of Water Quality (DWQ) E. coli monitoring program is to monitor popular swimming and recreation areas to determine whether they have high levels of E. coli. If problems are discovered through testing, DWQ and cooperating partners such as local health departments conduct follow-up monitoring and look for areas that …

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Learn About Waterborne Pathogens

Waterborne pathogens are bacteria, viruses, and parasites in the water that can make people sick. Recreational activities such as swimming, bathing, surfing, tubing, water skiing, paddle boarding, and water play increase the risk of exposure through ingestion, immersion, and body contact with the water. The most common symptoms of exposure include: Diarrhea Vomiting Nausea Abdominal …

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Protect Yourself: Waterborne Pathogens

Recreational water illnesses are caused by bacteria, viruses, and parasites found in untreated water. They are spread by swallowing untreated water while swimming, breathing in water-spray, or coming into physical contact with contaminated water. Swimming pools and hot tubs are treated with chemicals to kill bacteria, but most other recreational waters, including streams running through …

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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

Select a Waterbody Recreational water illnesses are caused by bacteria, viruses, and parasites in the water. These waterborne pathogens can cause diarrhea, vomiting, cramps, fever, and rashes. People can be exposed to these pathogens if they swallow water when they swim or eat food without washing their hands first. The Division of Water Quality (DWQ) …

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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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