Check fecal bacteria levels at Texas beaches before heading out for spring break

By Mary Claire Patton - Digital Content Curator

SAN ANTONIO - Texas beaches are popular spring break destinations for most Texans and it's a good idea to check fecal bacteria levels before heading to the shore.

TexasBeachWatch.com monitors the fecal bacteria levels along the Texas coast, collecting samples and testing them for contamination.

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Sources of water contamination include sewage treatment plants, septic tanks, stormwater runoff, boating waste, humans and animals, according to the website.

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Water advisories are issued when bacteria levels are high enough to potentially cause someone to be sick, but as long as local authorities haven't closed a particular beach, it's still open for swimming.

Click here to view the Texas beach map and see the levels of bacteria.

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