A swimming advisory remains in place after water quality tests from portions of the Saluda River near Saluda Shoals Park showed high levels of bacteria.
Congaree Riverkeeper Bill Stangler said the levels could make swimmers ill.
On Monday, the swimming advisory didn’t keep some swimmers and boaters from the river. Scattered swimmers and boaters braved the waters on a day when high temperatures were in the mid-80s.
A wastewater discharge from the Friarsgate Wastewater Treatment facility late last week resulted in the increased bacteria levels in the water. State health officials had issued a caution to swimmers earlier in the weekend before a formal advisory was issued Sunday based on results of water quality tests.
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This is the second time in a little more than a year that the Friarsgate plant has sent poorly treated sewage into the river and prompted concerns about swimming at the popular waterfront park that draws more than 600,000 visitors annually.
Carolina Water Service operates the plant that serves about 3,000 customers in the Irmo/Ballentine area of Richland and Lexington counties.