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Stream Testing
The Health Department is no longer testing area waterways for this season. See you right here next season!

In order to provide swimmers with information on the quality of water in local swimming holes, the Health Department partners with the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks to monitor select stream and river locations in Greene County for the presence of coliform bacteria. The total coliform count is an indication of fecal water contamination.

Fecal water contamination can indicate the existence of human or animal waste and wastewater runoff in local recreational waterways.

The most common recreational water illness resulting from that contamination is diarrhea, which is caused by swallowing water where E. coli, Shigella, Giardia or Cryptosporidium are present in unsafe amounts.

Samples are collected from five area swimming locations weekly by the Watershed Committee, typically between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and tested by our lab staff. Sites are selected based on their accessibility and the likelihood that people might come in contact with the water.