Short Stay Beach closed after E. Coli found in water

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) — A local hot spot for swimming in Moncks Corner, Short Stay Beach, is closed because of high levels of bacteria in the water.

On Friday, July 1, the military confirmed they closed the designated swimming area at Short Stay Beach on Lake Moultrie.

As of Monday, July 4, the beach remained closed, after DHEC confirmed the water still had high levels of E. Coli.

Still, visitors swam at Overton Park, just a few hundred yards away.

According to officials, the water outside the Short Stay cove had normal levels.

The swimming area will reopen as soon as the water is safe.

Water samples, tested Tuesday and Thursday, showed above normal e. coli. The water was scheduled to be tested again Friday and the results should be available Saturday or Sunday.

We’re told if levels are within acceptable limits, swimming areas will be reopened.

Short Stay Beach is run by Joint Base Charleston for military, DOD employees, military retirees and their families.

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