Is There Dangerous Bacteria in the Water at Beaches in New Jersey?

Posted on June 9, 2017 at 12:00pm by

Photo of child playingThe Asbury Park Press has been featuring reports on the water quality of Jersey Shore beaches, including whether there is dangerous bacteria in the water at beaches in New Jersey.

Is It Safe to Swim at Beaches in New Jersey?

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, of the 180 million people expected to visit beaches in the US this year, an estimated three to four million will get sick from swimming in tainted water at the beach.

Health departments in New Jersey take samples from the water at our beaches every week and test it for dangerous substances. Most notably, they test the water for enterococcus, a bacteria that is found alongside warm-blooded animal waste. Enterococcus is considered a red flag for viruses that cause rashes and stomach sicknesses. In 2016, 1 in 25 samples tested in labs came back as unsafe for swimming, which was the most since 2009.

If people are injured or develop illnesses from swimming in water at beaches that was too dangerous and those who operate the beach knew about the dangers and failed to warn them about it, victims and their families may be able to hold those responsible accountable through a personal injury lawsuit. Filing an injury claim enables victims and their families to secure financial help for hospital bills, loss of income, rehabilitation expenses and funeral costs.

Our Atlantic City and Cape May personal injury lawyers have spent decades protecting the rights of injury victims and their families in New Jersey, including securing several multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements for clients.



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