NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – A “No Swimming” advisory for 21st Avenue South on Thursday, August 4 has been lifted. The advisory was posted because of a sewer valve break near 21st Avenue South.
North Myrtle Beach spokesman, Pat Dowling, said samples were taken of the ocean water near the sewer break because some of the leaked sewage entered a storm drain. Testing was done by the Environmental Quality Lab of the School of Coastal & Marine Systems Science at Coastal Carolina University. One sample had a reading of 10 and another had a reading of less than 10.
“The threshold established by the South Carolina department of Health & Environmental Control is 104,” added Dowling.
The sewage did not enter the ocean swim zone because it was pushed offshore via an underground Ocean Outfall discharge pipe. Dowling said even though the sewage did not enter the swim zone, protocol requires a “No Swimming” advisory be posted.