Council gives Isle of Palms 3 out of 5 stars for beach water quality

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The Isle of Palms is only getting three stars out of five when it comes to the quality of the water you like to play in.

The National Resources Defense Council ranked the beach water based on testing by the State Health Department.

The beach did not receive all five stars because the NRDC says IOP lost out on a gold star, for two reasons: the way local officials post advisories and the beach water not being tested weekly.

The organization says at least 95 percent of the time, the bacteria levels at IOP are within national standards and it's been like that for three years. The NRDC says closings or advisories for IOP can be found online, which is a good thing.

State Health officials say currently there are no issues with the bacteria levels at IOP. From May until October, health officials are out there twice a month monitoring the water for bacteria. If it is high, they'll send out advisories warning people not to swim.

Health officials say most often what causes high bacteria levels is storm water running off getting into a beach water.

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