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Officials testing water at popular beaches for bacteria

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DES MOINES, Wash. — Officials with the Department of Ecology began testing water this week at over 70 popular beaches around the Puget Sound to check for harmful bacteria that can cause serious illnesses.

Bacteria is often to blame for several sick swimmers every year in our region. Officials check popular beaches on a weekly basis to ensure the safety of swimmers.

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Officials warn swimmers to wash with soap and fresh water before handling any food.

For more information about popular beaches and their latest test results, visit  http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/eap/beach/index.html

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