DPNR warns Water Bay and Sapphire beach not safe for swimming or fishing

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources weekly water quality analysis found that Water Bay and Sapphire beach on St. Thomas were unsafe for swimming or fishing.

DPNR performed water quality analysis at the 33 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Oct. 27-31.

DPNR will continue to monitor the impacted areas and waters.

However, because of rains throughout the territory after the water quality testing was conducted, residents should refrain from using the waters throughout the territory until these effects subside.

There may be an elevated health risk to anyone swimming in stormwater-impacted areas as a result of increased concentrations of bacteria.

All persons also should be aware that stormwater runoff may also contain contaminants or pollutants harmful to human health and areas of stormwater runoff, such as guts, puddles and drainage basins, should be avoided.

For more information regarding water quality call the Division of Environmental Protection at 773-1082 on St. Croix.

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