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July 3, 2014

Agency urges caution in untreated water

During this Independence Day holiday, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality encourages Oklahomans to visit the state’s many natural water bodies but to be cautious, a media release states.

Certain bacteria, viruses and protozoa can be present in untreated bodies of water. Some of these microorganisms occur naturally while others are carried into surface waters from a variety of sources.

Some of these microorganisms can cause mild problems such as ear infection, swimmer’s itch, gastrointestinal upset, or relatively rare but serious conditions such as eye infections and some forms of meningitis.

Swimmers should pay close attention to water conditions. Also, it is important to pay attention to posted signs and follow the recommendations.

DEQ recommends the following precautions when swimming in any body of untreated water:

• Hold nose or wear nose plugs when jumping into the water.

• Wash open skin cuts and scrapes with clean soap and water immediately after swimming.

• Avoid swallowing water when swimming.

• Wear ear plugs to prevent ear infections.

• Wear swim goggles or masks to prevent eye infections.

• Avoid swimming near storm drains (pipes that drain polluted water from streets).

• Take children to the restroom frequently/Use swim diapers on infants.

• Stay away from any area that has floating debris, stagnant water, oil sheens or dead fish.

Information: www.deq.state.ok.us.

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